Everywhere we turn in the recent weeks we are reading articles, blog posts and social media updates about frustrations consumers are having with Adobe products. This comes in light of the Kaspersky Lab report titled “Information Security Threats In the First Quarter of 2010” indicating that Adobe products are the number one choice for hackers and virus writers around the world. Adobe went so far as to announce, late Friday, that they know about that holes being exploited in their Flash Player and indicated that, as yet, as patch was not available.
What I glean from the comments I’ve read is that individual consumers are surprised that their sites are being targeted just as frequently as the “big companies.” Too often we make the assumption that because we are small, we are inconsequential and therefore uninteresting and unappealing to the hackers and malware-spreading individuals of the world. This is no longer the case. The people who are looking for targets generally have plenty of time and patience on their side so they can hit anyone with access to the internet through a blog posts, website visits, or click-through ads. Many of these sites utilize services offered through Adobe and other “big name” companies and so if there is already vulnerability there, you are unwittingly subjecting yourself and anyone who visits your site to an attack. J. Sadowsky, from partyinnovations thought he was protected by using McAfee security solutions but only managed to become completely free of site attacks when he began our program utilizing both the malware detection coupled with our vulnerability scanning services.
Regina, from WPSecurityLock, makes every effort to ensure that blog writers using the WordPress platform have all of the information they require to keep their posts safe from attack. Regular readers of her site will also note that she even writes about any potential exploitation she comes across.
Do not assume that simply because you are small, you do not have power. Be it good or bad, you wield more power than you think.