Is Adobe Flash player download safe?

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  1. MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys
    Trying to access my iView news video options but they state I need the Adobe Flash player download to view,
    In my old windose days, it was said Adobe Flash Player was easy access for intrusion?
    Is this still the case today? and Does a Mac have vulnerability with this download?
    .......Gary
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    IMO, Adobe Flash has only gotten worse and worse over time. The majority of the responsible sites are moving away from Flash, and it is still an incredible security risk, and extremely vulnerable.

    Just say "No".
     
  3. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Much appreciated,
    Lets hope they opt for another option in the near future
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    If you need to access a website that uses Flash, install Google Chrome and use it through that. Chrome has Flash built-in.

    That way you can still use that website, but you don't mess your Mac up with security vulnerabilities.
     
  5. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What a great idea, I will try it out, Ive always used safari
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Me too! My rule is: use Safari for everything, unless you have to use Flash — use Chrome for that.
     
  7. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess the question is, seeing that Safari is touted as the safe browser,
    How come flash is safe Chrome?
    this is not a criticism, would be interesting to know why because I'm sure I will be asked if I pass on the info to a friend of mine
     
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Well it's kinda sandboxed in the browser. Flash for macOS installs to the whole OS so security vulnerabilities are potentially much more dangerous. That said, 10.11 or higher has SIP and a few other things so it's still a secure OS. But no point installing Flash unless absolutely necessary; and if it's just browser-based stuff, then using Chrome for those pages is a far better option.
     
  9. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for taking the time for such a detail reply,
    For this "old timer"........Much appreciated
     
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    nope.jpg
    https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/05/windows-snake-malware-ported-to-mac/

    I am quite biased and pretty much hated everything based around Macromedia Director and Dreamweaver, past and present.
     
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