Text copied from the official Adobe site alert:
“Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits these potential vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system. A malicious SWF must be loaded in Flash Player by the user for an attacker to exploit these potential vulnerabilities. It is recommended users update to the most current version of Flash Player available for their operating system.
Adobe recommends all users of Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions upgrade to the newest version 184.108.40.206, by downloading it from the Player Download Center, or by using the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted.”
The students have left the campus, and things have wound down to a lower gear for the long hazy summer months. Right?
You knew that was a trick question, you were already shaking your head “No”. Summer is a time for barbeques and picnics, but it’s also a good breaking-point in the academic calendar to remind us all to take a look at our websites with fresh eyes.
Six months is a long time for a web page to remain static. When was the last time you changed yours? Updated just the banner image, re-arranged the wording on the front page, double-checked the dates on the Events page and added in something new?
I challenge all of the web content managers out there to take a look at your sites, and set aside the time to make a few minor changes to keep things fresh for your vistors!
I am obsessed with Enter the Haggis. I know you really don’t care about some band I love and are probably wondering why I’m telling you this in a blog on Web Development at Skidmore. Well, there is a reason so work with me on this.
In my undying obsession I found the band members’ blogs and proceeded to add them to my Bloglines account only to discover that they barely post to their blogs. I find that horribly annoying. They promised a product and didn’t come through with that promise. It makes me wonder what is the point of reading or linking to this if I get nothing out of it. And that is a problem.
Blogs, Wiki’s, forums, and a plain old Web site are a relatively easy investment for any organization. Heck, the Web is such a malleable medium you can add a small, temporary site and keep building and changing it with little financial burden. But what happens if you put up a site and don’t follow through? I can’t tell you how many times I run into a site, like the blogs above, and find content that hasn’t been updated in months. I must admit, I’m guilty of that as well.
So before you get yourself on the Web, ask a few questions.
- “What is the point of having this site?”
- “How do I plan to update it?”
- “Who is updating it?”
- “How often should I update it?”
- “How often will I update it?”
You need to be completely honest with yourself. If you know you won’t be updating your daily life blog more than once a year, maybe it’s time for a different path to take. Ignoring these questions will get you frustrated users and low stats. You can put anything up on the Web but it’s important to be able to support your endeavor. Otherwise, you will frustrate a fan or a customer who comes to your site to find nothing there.