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What’s the Latest Adobe Flash Player Update?

Adobe Flash Player has become widely known not only for its useful features but also because of the security threats that plague it. In 2015, the top 10 vulnerabilities that were attacked through exploit kits belonged to Adobe Flash Player. It also garnered four of the top five zero days last year as well as 17 percent of the total number of zero days in 2015.

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Despite these flaws, Adobe Flash Player is still around mainly because 1) it’s still widely used by many content creators and 2) people have become familiar with its features. If you’re one of those who love to use Flash Player, the best thing you can do is to download the latest updates. This way, you can receive the security patches that Adobe releases and protect yourself from vulnerabilities.

As of this writing, the latest version of Adobe Flash Player is 21.0.0.242. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows  8 (32 bit and 64 bit), and Windows 10 (32 bit and 64 bit). Released on May 25, this update brings security patches that solve certain critical vulnerabilities, which can be used by hackers to access users’ systems, steal private information, or hold important data ransom. Some of the vulnerabilities that are solved by the 21.0.0.242 update are CVE-2016-1096, CVE-2016-1098, CVE-2016-1099, which target memory corruption.

Aside from the 21.0.0.242 update, users can also give Adobe Flash Player 22 Beta a try. According to Adobe Labs, Flash Player 22 gives people access to “rich, engaging digital experiences” and allows them to enjoy “cross-platform browser-based viewing of expressive rich internet applications, content, and videos across devices”.  It can be downloaded both for Windows and Mac systems.

It’s important to note that Flash Player 22 is still in its beta phase and may not have a fully perfect performance. Adobe reminds users that it’s not advisable to use Flash Player 22 on productions systems or any mission-critical work.  There’s no word as to when its final version would be made available, so it may be some time before a stable version would be released. For the meantime, customers can download the beta version, give it a try, and send their feedback to Adobe to help improve the product.

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