Security Risks with Adobe Flash

I had to pass this along for those who use flash, especially those who work in the education industry…

July 8, 2010, 02:00 PM ET

Flash on College Web Sites May Pose Security Risk for Students

By Kelly Truong

Three computer-science lecturers at the University of Worcester—Joanne Kuzma, Colin Price, and Richard Henson—ran a scan on 250 college Web sites, testing for security vulnerabilities. Approximately 20 percent of the sites ran applications containing personal information within a Flash plug-in…

… security problems can arise due to professors, departments, and student organizations maintaining separate pages through the main university Web site. Academic departments often have their own individual servers, which are not set up through the school’s IT department and, therefore, may unknowingly pose security risks.

Read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

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