for anyone that cares about internet security
Just as a public service message to anybody that cares about preventing their box from getting owned while just web surfing I recommend if at all possible removing flash from their computer. Short of IE it is probably the most insecure widely available commerical software and the one hackers really target. Like I mentioned just see all the zero days that have come out for it as well as the pwn contests that brought fully patched secure even *nix boxes down. Also look up flash cookies as that is what the advertisers are using these days to track you. Your browser does not get rid of these. I recommend the betterprivacy plugin for firefox to make sure these get deleted. I do need simple flash for some sites but I use gnash on Linux as I trust their security much more than I do Adobe's (though gnash especially on windows doesn't run any flash 8+ correctly). Flash imho is one of the silent dangers to the internet no one seems to mention. Probably because the artsy fartsy mactard web designer crowd loves their development tools. No matter how good the tools are if the gdam flash runtime is an open portal for malware it deserves to fail.