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Regardless of what system you’re using – Windows, ChromeOS, Macintosh or Linux, it’s imperative that your Adobe Flash Player is immediately updated. The company released a security update on Oct. 11 to address the critical vulnerabilities it had that enabled hackers to gain control over an affected system.

The affected versions include:



  • Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome version 23.0.0.162 and previous versions – all systems affected
  • Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime version 23.0.0.162 and previous versions – both Windows and Mac are affected
  • Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge version 23.0.0.162 for Windows 8.1 and 10.
  • Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version 18.0.0.375 and previous versions – both Windows and Mac are affected
  • Adobe Flash Player for Linux version 11.2.202.635 and previous versions – only Linux is affected

Once the update has been installed, the users need to ensure the versions have actually updated. This can be done by going to the About Flash Player page or hit right click on any material that’s using Flash Player. From that, they’ll need to choose “About Adobe.” If you have more than one browser installed on your system, you must verify each one of them. The updated versions of Flash Player will be:

  • Adobe Flash Player Google Chrome – version 23.0.0.185
  • Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer – version 23.0.0.185
  • Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release – version0.0.382
  • Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime – version 23.0.0.185
  • Adobe Flash Player for Linux – version 11.2.202.637

You can get your update by going to the Flash Player Download Center on Adobe’s official website or via the built-in update mechanism.

Yes, many browsers are slowly migrating to new technologies like HTML5, as they don’t have near the security threats that are plaguing Flash. However, many sites are still using Flash to provide content to web users.

With security such a hot button on the Internet, it’s imperative people are vigilant about their systems. When there are any issued security updates, people must update their systems right away. And, even though they can protect people online, they still need to use other security tools that ensure their safety and privacy.

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