It hasn't been a good year for Adobe as its Flash browser plug-in has become the number one target for hackers. Not only does everyone on the planet use Flash, it turns out that it has a lot of security holes to exploit.
Flash got another pounding last week when a hackers raided the Italian company Hacking Team and released 400 gigabytes of confidential files online. In those files was a previously unknown Flash security flaw that Hacking Team had been using to break into computers for four years.
To its credit, Adobe acted fast and patched the security flaw in a day. Unfortunately, we're now finding out that it wasn't the only flaw.
Security experts combing through Hacking Team's files have found another previously unknown Flash flaw. It affects the latest version of Flash on PC, Mac and Linux, and the code for it is already available to hackers.
Adobe plans to release a fix sometime this week, but I'm betting hackers are going to roll out their own malicious sites and ads first. That leaves you at risk.
Your safest option is to disable Flash until Adobe releases a fix and only activate it on sites you know are safe. Of course, once you disable Flash, I'm betting you're going to find you don't need it as much as you think.