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Do Adobe Products Pose Security Risks?

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader are two of the most popular third-party software programs in the world, relied upon by millions of business and personal users daily. According to Adobe, more than 500 million devices are addressable with Flash technology, a number that is expected to exceed 1 billion by the end of 2015.

However, while Adobe products are critical for so many people, the software is notoriously prone to security exploits. Since 2007, Flash has suffered a number of major security problems and the popularity of the software means it continues to be a prime target for malware-creating cybercriminals looking to spread mass infection.

Hackers continually look for exploits in Adobe software and, while Adobe does its upmost to address problems with regular updates, fixes are reliant on users keeping programs up to date. Adobe says that 400 million connected desktops update to the new version of Flash Player within six weeks of release, but systems are often wide open to risk of infection within this time period. In order to ensure your computer systems and networks are protected from Flash Player exploits, it is essential that Cloud Web Security is installed to actively monitor for malware and other viruses and eliminate them at cloud level. 

This answer was last updated on 17-Mar-2014 05:06 PM.