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If you rarely cared about updating applications and drivers, you might want to rethink about it now, especially if you have Adobe Flash Player installed in your computer system. Updating to the latest version has never been more critical than in dealing with exploit kits targeting the Flash Player’s many vulnerabilities.

The latest versions is for Windows and Mac, and for Linux, are designed to fix different vulnerabilities that will lead to code execution, information disclosure due to security bypass, and other problems that will unleash malware and other forms of infections.

According to Adobe, “These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”, thus the importance of always updating to the latest version of the player, each and every time something new comes out.

People using Flash Player on their mobile devices are also advised to update to the latest version, which is the 4.5.2 version of Adobe Digital Editions for iOS and Android. This is because their gadgets also have vulnerabilities that can lead to code execution.

Most of the time, updates are done automatically, especially if you configure the settings to auto-update, and if you are using Google Chrome. Otherwise, manually check for good measure.

There are several ways to do this:

  1. Open the Flash Player’s About Us page, and check out the details under Version Information.
  2. Check program information through the Control Panel. Open Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add\remove Programs > select Adobe Flash Player plug-in > “click here for support information“.
  3. Launch a web content running on Adobe Flash Player and right click on it. Click on Properties or System Information.
  4. Use an online facility that lets you check your version of Adobe Flash Player. Visit Flash Player Help, and click on the Check Now button.

When updating to the latest version, you should be wary of Flash Player update pop-up ads.