There's a really helpful website called cvedetails.com. They categorize and keep track of all security vulnerabilities found in any software or operating system. I was browsing their website last week and saw that they announced their 50 most vulnerable software of 2016 list. If you want to browse it for yourself, you can view it here:
Unfortunately, I noticed that Adobe products held 4 of the top 10 positions on the list, which is more then a little alarming. Those products are Flash Player(#4), Acrobat Reader DC(#7), Acrobat DC(#8), Acrobat(#9), and an honorable mention goes to Reader at #12. Fortunately there are alternatives to Adobe. If you use any of these products, read on to learn how to move away from them.
The Acrobat and Reader products are all centered around viewing and editing PDF's. If you are using any of these products a good alternative is Foxit. They offer a free reader for simply viewing PDF's and an affordably priced PDF editor. You can find all of this on their website here:
Flash Player is used for some content on websites. But with the growing concern over security issues surrounding Flash Player, more and more websites have been moving away from it. If you'd like to rid your PC of Flash Player and see if you can go without it, you can follow the instructions in this very helpful article. Worse case scenario is that you realize an important website you visit requires it and you need to reinstall it. Best case scenario is that your web browsing is significantly safer(and faster).
Maybe you are an avid Adobe user and can't go without them. Then please be sure that you're using the most recent version and are installing updates. That goes for any software that you're running. At Triad Tech Guys your internet security is our top priority. Happy web surfing!
Tim Dixon is the owner of Solve IT Security.