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Once a celebrated runtime program, Adobe Flash Player has become one of the most exploited applications. It has become a cause for concern that many web browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, have abandoned it. Should you abandon it too? Keeping it updated might be a better option.

Ensuring you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player will make your workstation less vulnerable to possible attacks. Last April of this year, for example, Adobe released an “emergency” Flash Player security update to protect users against ransomware attack, which was delivered through older versions of the Flash Player.

But beware! You should only update from a secure website. Don’t be fooled by ads telling you to update by clicking this and that. Check out an example below.

Flash Player Update!

It is recommended you update Flash Player to the latest version to view this page.

Please update to continue.

If you really need to update, get a secure download.

But here are some things you need to know:

  • Google Chrome automatically updates Adobe Flash Player. So if you are using Chrome and the pop up ad appears, ignore it.
  • Safari deactivates Flash Player by default. Unless you activate the player, you don’t need to update anything.
  • If you set Adobe Flash Player’s built-in update mechanism to automatic, it will download and install the latest version without prompting you to do so.

Otherwise, visit the Adobe Flash Player Download Center and download the update from there. You have the option to check which player you have before updating, or just let the program run and tell you that an update is unnecessary.

Adobe Flash Player also has an online utility where you can check if the Flash Player is installed in your computer, how to download the latest version, do a fresh install, and verify installation success.

Long story short, always download secure Flash Player updates.