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Most people have heard of the security problems that Adobe Flash Player is constantly dealing with. And, it makes people question on whether or not it’s safe to download and use it. Can you update to newer Flash Player versions and be safe?

The short answer is yes, but with a bit of hesitation. So long as you decide the Adobe Flash Player from, you’re safe to download the program. Be aware that you need to have an x86-compatible processor that is at least 2.33 GHz with 128MB of graphic memory and 512MB of RAM. You should also be using Windows XP or higher.

The current Adobe Flash Version is, and it offers an array of security patches for many known vulnerabilities like:

  • CVE-2016-4271
  • CVE-2016-4272
  • CVE-2016-4287

If your system is infected with any of these, hackers could gain control over your system and go through your sensitive information.

When it comes to updating your Flash Player, make sure you do it through safe means – not popups that tell you your version of Flash Player is out of date. Yes, sometimes they come from Adobe, but many times, it’s a hacker trying to install malware onto your computer.

Be mindful that hackers have used websites to hide their malware as downloads for Flash Player. Some webpages make it look like the Flash Player has crashed and needs you to install the latest version, which you can do through their website.

Don’t click install through their website.

Instead, go to Adobe and download the latest version. And, if you use Google Chrome, you’re already safe since the program updates Flash Player automatically. If you use Mozilla Firefox, be sure to visit the company’s official website to get the latest Flash Player version.