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Lately, there have been a lot of reports about security problems with the Adobe Flash Player and some recommendations to update plug-ins from Adobe to address such issues. For example, in one of our latest posts, we have reported that some of the player’s vulnerabilities make up the top security exploits of today. Now, you may be wondering a few things, such as how to know if an update is valid and how to make sure that you are safe as much as possible when updating the software, considering the constant flood of problems that are associated to it. Before we discuss the ways to assess the validity of a Flash plug-in update, it is important to fully know what a plug-in is first.

Basically, a plug-in is a software element that is used by web browsers to display particular types of content, such as Flash. In some cases, it automatically comes with your browser, but sometimes, it also requires you to add it manually. Take note that it can be difficult to know what version you have and what you have installed.

The Adobe Flash Player is one of the most popular plug-ins that are developed as a multi-platform software for all the major operating systems. The app provides what we call active content, which means that it adds additional functionality to web pages for media-related or interactive capability. This powerful app is embedded in web pages to offer you the opportunity to access users across all operating systems, which also means that it is a popular attack point for hackers or malware authors. This is the reason why Apple has blocked older versions of the plug-in. This entails the importance that you should verify if the update you are getting is valid before installing it.

How to Know If an Update Is Valid

If a Flash installer notification pops up and states that your software is outdated and you have to download and install a newer version, you can check with Adobe to verify if it is necessary to do so. You can type directly into your browser address bar. On the page, the latest Flash Player version information for all operating systems is presented. Aside from this, it displays your current version information, which will help you determine quickly and easily if you do need to update your software.

For more news and updates on the Adobe Flash Player, browse through this page.