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Windows 7: PDF, Flash, and Java: the Most Dangerous File Types

10 Dec 2013   #1

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PDF, Flash, and Java: the Most Dangerous File Types


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A report just released by AV-Test should be a huge wake-up call for anybody who doesn't pay attention to software updates. After ten years of study, the researchers concluded that security holes in Adobe and Java are responsible for 66 percent of all vulnerabilities actively exploited in Windows.

Modern applications are complex enough that there will always be flaws, and in some cases the flaw can open up a PC to invasion by malware. The vendors patch these flaws as quickly as they can, but their hard work doesn't help if you don't stay up to date. When cybercrooks shoehorn malware onto your PC by taking advantage of such a hole, that's called an exploit.
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11 Dec 2013   #2

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That's why I don't have Java loaded on this machine or allow ALL sites to use Flash. I have only a few sites authorized to use flash. And I don't arbitrarily click on PDF links on just any site.

By the way, Flash just came out with an update today.
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11 Dec 2013   #3

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Java's use in Minecraft and Bitcoin programs has ensured it's installed on many PCs that would otherwise not use it.
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