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Want to watch HSBC’s security awareness videos? You’d best have Flash installed… – A N I T H
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Want to watch HSBC’s security awareness videos? You’d best have Flash installed…

Want to watch HSBC’s security awareness videos? You’d best have Flash installed…


Most of us know that you’re safer not having Adobe Flash on your computer.

There have been too many vulnerabilities, that have been exploited too many times, in too many attacks.

Everyone knows Adobe Flash is a menace. Heck, even porn sites are giving up on it.

So I was disappointed to be sent this link to a page entitled “HSBC Safeguard” on the HSBC website.

HSBC site

Financial crime can affect anyone and everyone. Your support will go a long way to helping us make banking safer. Watch the video below to learn more about how HSBC is dealing with financial crime.

To protect customers and HSBC from financial crime, we need to ensure that your information is accurate, up to date, and complete. Watch the video below to understand what type of documents you might be requested to submit

But take a closer look at that screenshot.

Flash sorry

Oh dear.

If porn sites can stop relying on Flash to stream their saucy movies, can’t banks like HSBC perhaps find a better way of sharing their security awareness videos? Most modern browsers, for instance, will have no trouble at all watching videos on YouTube using the HTML5 video standard if your company doesn’t think they’re suitable for… I don’t know… PornHub.

The simple truth is this. If you don’t give your customers a different way to consume your content, they’re going to feel forced to (shudder…) install and enable Adobe Flash in their browser.

And that’s just not good at all for security.

PS. HSBC aren’t the only offenders, of course. Last month it was discovered that you could save $5 with FedEx… if you enabled Adobe Flash in your browser.

Hat-tip: Thanks to Malcom Vernon for sending me a tip about HSBC’s website.

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