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I just read Dennis' post about all the updates today. They came out yesterday, the second Tuesday of the month. As did a critical Flash update.

 

If you are running Windows 8/8.1 Flash will be updated with Windows updates.

 

If you are running Windows 7 or Vista, the flash updates are critical and the current one is 18.0.0.209. Anything earlier and you are very much vulnerable to several high profile attacks just recently disseminated by the hackers who were hacked.

 

Do both your Flash and Windows updates ASAP people. The vulnerabilities are already in the field being exploited by those who aren't updating ASAP. They are large and if needed by data limits go to a free Wi-Fi hotspot or whatever, but do patch as soon as possible folks.

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I went into Manage Add On and disabled my Adobe flash today. I then got on Youtube and watched some Piper Malibu Mirage flight videos with no problems. I am going to see if I can live without Adobe Flash?

 

Dennis

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You will most likely loose much of the animated (not cartoon, but moving content) content on web sites. Many sites use Flash. I have always allowed Flash to be updated by WU. I was very pleased when MS included Flash updates in WU. One less thing for me to do manually.

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I NEVER update Windows on the day they come out. They have had some very bad updates in the last several months that have screwed up people's computer. I usually wait a week and if there are no problems reported, I do the updates. If issues arise, they are usually reported with the update number and I can refuse them until it gets fixed. The Flash update is important, but be sure and download it ONLY from Adobe's website. Anywhere else and you could get malware. Here is one from March, http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/03/ms-update-3033929-causing-reboot-loop/ . Chuck

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Interesting. I support 5 PCs plus a Windows 2012 Server in a retail store, plus the 4 PCs in the trailer. They are updated on the day the updates roll out. Been doing it for years. Still waiting for those problems that people have with updates.

 

Maybe using quality peripherals and keeping the drivers up to date has something to do with it.

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Yep!! Those hackers like those, that don't update the critical updates until a week or so later. :lol:

Gives them more time to get into those computers.

All I can say in response is that we have been using our computer traveling all over the U.S., Caribbean, and Central America, often using public WiFi. Very little of our computer security has to do with updates. We have NEVER had our computer hacked or our identity stolen, nor has anyone we know. We do use a number of security measures other than Windows Updates. I would never depend on those updates solely to protect our computer. I wonder if anyone here has had their computer getting hacked that would have been prevented by updating Windows? I'm not saying don't do it. But be aware there can be problems from these updates. If you believe the world as you know it will come to an end if you don't have the updates immediately, then by all means. You probably also don't believe that the hackers probably have a work around an hour after the updates are issued, and probably also believe that they won't be able to hack your computer for the next month while you're waiting for the next round of those updates. We did a blog post some time back on our boating site that outlines some of the security precautions we use, besides Windows Updates. Chuck

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I went into Manage Add On and disabled my Adobe flash today. I then got on Youtube and watched some Piper Malibu Mirage flight videos with no problems. I am going to see if I can live without Adobe Flash?

 

Dennis

 

Are you referring to your browser? I went into the Add-ons section in Firefox and Adobe Flash is not present, even though Adobe Flash is installed on my computer. Neither is Adobe Flash listed in my start menu under All Programs. Adobe Flash is not listed under Control Panel either, although it is listed under Programs and Features. I'm just wondering how I could turn Adobe Flash on or off if I wanted to.

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In Firefox Addons it's listed as Shockwave Flash. If you visit websites that still use it, set to "Ask". You will then have to OK it to run. If you update to 18.whatever it is now, the problem is suppose to be fixed but I still have mine set to Ask. In your control panel, it should show up as Flash Player. Chuck

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In Firefox Addons it's listed as Shockwave Flash. If you visit websites that still use it, set to "Ask". You will then have to OK it to run. If you update to 18.whatever it is now, the problem is suppose to be fixed but I still have mine set to Ask. In your control panel, it should show up as Flash Player. Chuck

 

Thanks. Yes, I have Shockwave Flash and have had it set to "Ask".

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