banking stupidity

When I logged on to my new bank site this morning, I tried the “help” offered on the opening screen just to see what they had to say about the range of options available. I was not best pleased to be greeted by the message “Flash is not installed, is not enabled or is not up to date” together with a nice big button marked “Get Adobe Flash Player”. No – I don’t think so.

Adobe products have an unfortunate history of critical vulnerabilities. Indeed, only a couple of weeks ago they released a patch for a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player 11.1 and earlier for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris. It wasn’t the first, and it certainly won’t be the last. There are probably a whole bunch of zero days out there primed and ready for use.

I do not want to see flash on one of the most critical sites I use. And I have told my new bank exactly that. Watch this space.

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