flash

Thu
05
Sep
John Lister's picture

Microsoft Backtracks on Disabling Adobe Flash

Microsoft has changed its mind about phasing out support for Adobe Flash, which is used to help web browsers view multimedia. Both Internet Explorer and the current edition of Edge browsers will continue to support the technology by default until ... the end of 2020, in contrast to other browsers. Adobe says it's ditching Flash at the end of next year, largely because it's become redundant with website designers now preferring to create multimedia and interactive elements in HTML 5, rather than with Flash. HTML 5 works in modern browsers without the need for plug-ins like Flash. Chrome and ... (view more)

Thu
18
Apr
John Lister's picture

MS Office Now Top Target for Hackers: Report

Hackers are now far more likely to target Microsoft Office than web browsers according to a security firm. Kaspersky Labs says the big problem is that fixing some of the most common MS Office flaws would cause serious compatibility problems. The ... figures are based on the number of users affected, rather than the sheer volume of attacks. That's arguably more informative as it doesn't treat all attacks as equally significant. Kaspersky compared the last three months of 2018 with the same period in 2016 and found a dramatic difference in just two years. Browsers and Flash Less of a Problem In the ... (view more)

Fri
17
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: WPA2 Vulnerability using DD-WRT Firmware

Infopackets Reader Paul E. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with interest John Lister's article on the WPA2 exploit (KRACKs) , which explains how hackers can break into any WiFi network. I have 4 TPLink routers in my home that I use as 'hot spots' in ... various locations. As per your suggestion, I have visited TPLink's website for firmware updates for my routers, but there are none available. I am worried that someone is going to break into my network and steal my financial information. What can I do? " My response: I own a few TP Link routers as well and what I've done is flashed the routers using ... (view more)

Wed
05
Oct
John Lister's picture

Should You Use a Password Manager?

Lately we've been posting a lot of articles about websites and services that have been hacked . One of the primary recommendations we have also repeated is that users should use unique and hard-to-guess passwords for each site, as this will help to ... prevent any further breaches. The reasoning is that if user account data is stolen on one site ( Yahoo is a good example ), the same username and passwords may also be valid on other sites - but only if users are using the same account names, passwords or password hints. Unfortunately this is often the case, because using the same passwords on ... (view more)

Mon
04
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Unresponsive Script Error in Firefox, Chrome, IE

Infopackets Reader Mike R. writes: " Dear Dennis, Oftentimes when I visit Facebook.com, there are several ads on the right side of the screen such as 'The Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players', or 'The Funniest Billboards Ever', or something along ... those lines. Whenever these ads are displayed, the web browser locks up and I receive an error message that there is an unresponsive script on the page. I have three options: 'Debug', 'Continue', and 'Stop Script'. Why do I keep getting the 'unresponsive script' error? I use Firefox. " My response: This is a very good and frequently asked question. ... (view more)

Mon
20
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Three Alternatives to Using Adobe Flash

Infopackets Reader Sam R. writes: " Dear Dennis, Is there an alternative to Adobe Flash? I just read John Lister's article ' Flash Blocked in Firefox over Security Risk ,' and I'm concerned that Flash might download a virus onto my system. I'm also ... concerned that Flash is a major CPU hog which slows down my system. If there is no alternative to Flash, and I block Flash entirely, how can I watch YouTube videos? " My response: Unfortunately there is currently no alternative to Flash on Windows systems that allows you to play Flash content (that I am aware of). There are, however a few ... (view more)

Thu
16
May
Dennis Faas's picture

'Data Crow 3.9.23', and 'Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.197 Beta'

Data Crow 3.9.23 Data Crow is an incredibly effective media organizer. It helps you clean up your growing media collection and makes finding that one movie, TV clip, or song easier than ever before. Data Crow is completely free and is free of all ... spyware or viruses. http://www.datacrow.net Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.197 Beta Try out the newest version of Flash Player, the multimedia tool that lets you watch video and play interactive games from your favorite browser. Adobe Flash Player 11 adds several new features, including Stage 3D, Concurrency, and advanced content protection. http://www. ... (view more)

Mon
11
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Adobe: Hackers Exploiting New Flash Flaw

Adobe is insisting that Mac and Windows users immediately update its Flash Player software. The company says it has just issued a new update designed to prevent hackers from exploiting two recently-discovered bugs. Adobe Flash is a multimedia and ... software platform often used by web browsers to display video, animations, and interactive games. Exploited Flaw Results in Crash By exploiting the bugs, hackers are causing serious problems. Reports indicate that it's possible for hackers to create websites that would trigger the bug and cause a user's computer to crash. That's a problem for ... (view more)

Tue
09
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'USB Flash Drives Control 3.2', and 'Color Archiver 2.3'

USB Flash Drives Control 3.2 USB Flash Drives Control is a small and easy-to-use free utility program that runs in the Windows system tray, next to the system clock. It allows users to block USB drives from performing certain functions. For example, ... users can set the software to block executable files, to control the ability to save files, or simply block USB drive functions altogether. This program adds a unique and useful element to system security by preventing unauthorized people from inserting a USB drive in your computer. http://www.binisoft.org Color Archiver 2.3 Color Archiver is a ... (view more)

Wed
21
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8 Internet Explorer (Default) Won't Use Flash

Microsoft has revealed that the default settings for Windows 8 won't support web plug-ins such as Adobe Flash. However, unlike Apple's portable devices, such systems won't be completely blocked. iPhone, iPad Don't Use Adobe Flash Devices such as the ... iPhone and iPad currently do not include support for Flash, which is used for a wide variety of website animations and online video. The reason why these devices don't support Flash is simply because Flash is too prone to bugs and uses too much memory to be suitable for Apple devices, particularly given the company's obsession with providing a ... (view more)

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