Update: Adobe issued an emergency security patch for Adobe Flash. Read all about it here.
Warning. You need to know this. Adobe is going to fix a critical security flaw in its Adobe Flash software sometime this week. Meaning, it doesn't have a fix yet. (Keep reading for tips to stay safe.)
It's important to know this critical security flaw could let hackers remotely take over your Windows PCs and Macs, and it can crash your computer.
Adobe Security Advisory warns: "Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2016-4117 exists in the wild. Adobe will address this vulnerability in our monthly security update, which will be available as early as May 12."
Note: Keep reading Happening Now for updates on this critical Adobe Flash security flaw.
To stay safe, you should immediately uninstall Adobe Flash. On Windows 10: Start >> All Apps >> Adobe Flash >> right-click >> Uninstall.
If you're using the Web browser Internet Explorer: Open browser >> Settings (little 8-pronged icon in upper right-hand corner of screen) >> Manage Add-Ons >> (you may see: Show >> from the drop-down menu, All Add-Ons) >> click on Shockwave Flash Object >> Disable.
The Web browsers Chrome and Microsoft Edge will update Flash automatically when new versions are available. You just need to restart the browser to get it.
Alternatively, you can disable Flash in your browser or set it to only run when allowed. This will cut down your risk from attack by malicious flash ads and videos. Learn how to take control of Flash in your browser.
In the meantime, Adobe has issued patches for 95 security flaws on its software programs Acrobat, Reader and ColdFusion.
Many of the vulnerabilities on Acrobat and Reader could corrupt your memory. Other flaws could let hackers execute code on your computer, disclose your personal information and more. Three other patches were issued for Adobe's ColdFusion software.
Bonus: You can avoid a lot of Internet security headaches by having a rock-solid Internet security system on your computers and tablets, whether Windows or Mac, and on your smartphones.