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The short answer to your question is: Leave Flash enabled on your mother's computer - but check the option for only running Flash content when the user (your mother) tells it to run. That way, when she's at a known page and she needs to run the plugin, all she has to do is right click and click "run this plugin". Firefox may even do this by default now. You ...


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Flash has been a high-value target for exploit developers for years, particularly because of its near-ubiquitous installation base and the fact that (historically) it will generally run automatically whenever a page with Flash content is loaded. This makes it very easy for a large number of systems to be targeted and compromised with a single exploit. As it ...


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Use Google Chrome - it has "PepperFlash" built in, and it's always up to date (as long as you reboot every day). She can use the sites you need, and you can uninstall the regular flash so that she doesn't get tricked into opening a website that will infect her computer. I did this a year ago with my parents, and haven't had any issues since.


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There's a few deadly exploits employed by HTML5 that can't be patched, except by the browser itself. The bad thing about patching things like this is that it eliminates functionality as a whole. Things web devs found useful are now restricted because someone abused it. Flash only needs block "strings" in their patching, allowing useful function to remain. ...


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Adobe Flash Player is written in an unmanaged code language, vulnerable to the following commonly cited vulnerabilities: Heap-based buffer overflow Use-after-free vulnerability Integer overflow Stack-based buffer overflow Double-free vulnerability Unspecified "type confusion" Crafted format-string argument Typically, unmanaged code is also subject to a ...


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Adobe Flash is 21 years old (started as FutureWave's SmartSketch), over the years it had to be able to deal with many different OS's, standards, and all the quirky restrictions they brought along with them. Most of the work done on Flash is aimed at keeping it up-to-date with the latest technologies, adding more and more features over time. This doesn't ...



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