Calling Adobe’s Bluff

Dear Adobe,

It is time to put up or shut up. Your web site FAQ has the following entry:

Does Flash Player compromise my privacy and security?

No. Flash Player is not only the most widely distributed piece of software on the Internet today, it’s also one of the most secure. Given that Flash Player is in use by over 500 million internet users we invest considerable effort into keeping Flash Player safe and secure.

In the past, vulnerabilities in Flash have compromised the security of users. Are you going to guarantee there will be no more Flash vulnerabilities that are exploited?

It seems to me that the statement is misleading. As for privacy, Flash can compromise privacy and most users do not know when it happens or how to prevent it.

How about answering the question “Does Flash Player compromise my privacy and security?” honestly? The honest answer is that it can compromise both.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education

Author , ESET

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