Windows XP users: Have you updated Flash?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Microsoft has published a security advisory, warning users of Windows XP that they must update their installations of Flash.

Windows XP came with version 6 of the Adobe Flash Player, and it has been discovered that that version contains a number of vulnerabilities that could be exploited if you visited a boobytrapped webpage.

The end result? Malicious code could run on your computer, opening a backdoor for hackers to gain access, potentially stealing your identity or turning your computer into part of a spam-spewing botnet.

And you wouldn’t want that would you?

So, double-check that your version of Adobe Flash is current. Visit this page on Adobe’s website to run the test (it only takes a few seconds), and you’ll quickly…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.