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Adobe Flash Player is a comprehensive browser add-on that many rich media sites rely on to display web content. This is why it remains widely-used, despite its many security issues and critical security gaps.

Flash is a necessity for many websites. Its extreme expandability makes it hard to replace. But because it is prone to security flaws, it is not entirely irreplaceable.

Adobe diligently patches critical vulnerabilities. This is why you must activate automatic updates if you don’t want to fall victim to an attack. After successful installation of the player, you must change the settings to automatic updates.

But what if your favorite browser, Firefox, doesn’t update automatically?

You just need to do it manually.

  1. From your Firefox browser, visit Adobe Flash Player’s official website.
  2. Uncheck any optional offers, such as McAfee Security Scan Plus utility and True Key™ by Intel Security.
  3. Click Install Now.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions until installation is complete. You may need to close Firefox at some point in the process.
  5. Close the Download Manager, and then verify that you have the current version of Flash Player installed.
  6. Don’t forget to set the update method to “Install updates automatically when available (recommended)”.

Note: Never update Flash Player from any website other than the official website. This will ensure no other files will be included in your download, which may be harmful to your system.

The latest version of Adobe Flash Player – Version is for Windows and Mac, and version is for Linux – was released mid-September, bringing with it patches for critical vulnerabilities that:

  • Cause an integer overflow that can result in code execution.
  • Cause memory corruption that leads to code execution.
  • Cause security bypass, resulting in information disclosure.
  • Use-after-free vulnerabilities that can lead to code execution.

Want to know how to download Adobe Flash Player for Opera and Chromium instead? Find out how.