It doesn’t matter if you’re a Windows, Macintosh, Linux or ChromeOS user, you have to update your Adobe Flash Player right this instant. On October 11, a security update was released that addressed “critical vulnerabilities” that could allow attackers to take control of a system that is affected.
These are the affected versions:
- Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime version 220.127.116.11 and earlier (for Windows and Mac)
- Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version 18.104.22.1685 and earlier (for Windows and Mac)
- Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome version 22.214.171.124 and earlier (Windows, Mac, Linux and ChromeOS)
- Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 version 126.96.36.199 (Windows 10 and 8.1)
- Adobe Flash Player for Linux version 188.8.131.525 and earlier (Linux)
Once updated, it’s important that users verify if their versions have truly been updated. To do this, go to the About Flash Player page or right-click on content that is running in the Flash Player then select “About Adobe” from the menu. If there are multiple browsers running in the system, those need to be verified as well. The updated Flash Player should reflect the following versions:
- Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime – version 184.108.40.206
- Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release – version 220.127.116.112
- Adobe Flash Player Google Chrome – version 18.104.22.168
- Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer – version 22.214.171.124
- Adobe Flash Player for Linux – version 126.96.36.1997
Updates can be done through the built-in update mechanism or by going to the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
While it’s true that modern browsers are slowly moving away from Flash by preferring newer technologies like HTML 5 which offer less of a security threat, there are still sites that rely on Flash.
Security is a very big issue on the web these days and as such, we must be vigilant users. When security updates are issued, we must not dilly dally – we need to update right away. While updates can help protect us online, we must also employ other security measures to guarantee our safety and privacy.
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