Security threats aren’t anything new when you deal with the internet. It’s how you keep yourself safe that spells the difference between getting attacked and emerging from the chaos scratch-free.
Adobe Flash Player, while on a decline, is still being used for web content and is one of most threatened software on the web. While this is enough to dissuade new users, those who are currently still using the program should definitely update the current version they have to the latest one.
It’s been weeks since Adobe last released an update for the Flash Player. November 8 marked the last critical update that Adobe delivered for users, including those using Windows 10. Specifically, Adobe Flash Player version 220.127.116.11 for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 were affected by a critical security flaw.
After the update, the version reflected should be 18.104.22.168. Users should verify this through the About Flash Player page. Another way to check if changes have been made is to right-click on any Flash content then choose About Adobe Flash Player from the menu.
Flash Player version 22.214.171.124 fixes nine code execution flaws that could potentially allow an attacker to gain control of an affected system. Three of the nine vulnerabilities were type confusion flaws while six were use-after-free errors.
Since releasing version 126.96.36.199, Adobe hasn’t – as of this writing – released any security update. That can be a sign of good things as it shows the software is – for now – bug free. It’s a welcome after a year that has been marked by security update after security update.
So if you’re using Windows 10 and still rely on Adobe Flash, do yourself a favor and update it to the latest version. You might consider it a hassle but it’s for your security and protection while online. After all, it’s not that hard to update Adobe Flash Player.