Experts say stop using Adobe Flash, but you can’t…at least not yet.

Most computer experts recommend you stop using Adobe Flash due to security flaws.  The issues are well documented and the concerns valid.  From a story by CNET on October 15, 2015:

“A day after releasing its monthly security update, Adobe confirmed it has discovered a new vulnerability in Flash Player that affects every version running on the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.”

This story has repeated itself many times over the past few years, which is why websites and programmers are quickly abandoning Adobe Flash.  It has, over time, become a favorite target by hackers, who use the program to gain access to websites and files on personal, business, and government websites.  Adobe Flash is a software platform used in graphics, internet games, websites, and many other computer applications.

However, I can’t stop using Adobe Flash just yet, and you probably can’t either.

I removed Adobe Flash to determine what, if any, effects it would have on my desktop computer.  It didn’t take long to see them.

When I tried to watch a Hulu video on Microsoft Edge, an error message informed me that I had to download the latest version of Adobe Flash to use the service.

When I tried to access my online bank account using Firefox, I received a warning message.

Adobe Flash Warning

These errors and warning messages continued throughout the day, and eventually, I had no choice but to reinstall Adobe Flash.  I was surprised at the number of websites that still require Adobe Flash, in spite of its vulnerability to hackers.

So for the time being, we are stuck with using a product that has proven to be a security risk.  The major technology companies are working on alternatives, but it’s gonna take a while for them to be implemented.