If you haven't uninstalled Adobe Flash from your computer, do it now. We've been telling you for a long time that the old, once-standard graphics program is loaded with vulnerabilities, or security holes that hackers can and do exploit.
Now, even Adobe is hinting that Flash is too riddled with security risks for it to live on. Adobe has been advising developers "to build with new Web standards." And, earlier this month, we told you that Adobe dropped the "Flash" name in its Creative Cloud suite.
If that weren't reason enough to get rid of Flash, maybe this is: Adobe Flash's security problems are even worse than we thought. It's estimated that there have been 316 Flash bugs discovered this year alone, meaning nearly one a day, on average.
Just yesterday, Adobe issued an emergency patch for newly discovered Flash vulnerabilities. If you use Adobe Flash and received a message to update it, do that if you want to keep it. But we advise against that; just delete it.
Note: See uninstall instructions on the next page.
The tech industry has been moving away from Flash for some time. Notably, earlier this year, Google's YouTube dropped Adobe Flash. Now, it uses the HTML5 programming language.
Plus, Google now blocks Flash from automatically running on its Web browser, Chrome. The browser Firefox periodically disables Flash over security concerns.
Note: To uninstall Adobe Flash in Windows 10: Click on the Windows icon start button >> All Apps >> right-click on Adobe Flash >> Uninstall.
For earlier versions of Windows: Start >> Control Panel >> Programs >> Uninstall A Program >> find Adobe Flash and uninstall it.