Adobe has been silent on the update front for a number of weeks now. The last critical update they rolled out was on November 8, 2016 and that was to patch up vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution. That reason alone is why you should upgrade your current version to the latest one.
The nine flaws that were corrected for version 18.104.22.168 allowed an attacker to take control of a system. In short, updating Flash helps keep you safe and secure when on the internet.
The presence of viruses and other malicious threats on the web isn’t new – it’s always been there. We’ve always been told to keep our systems protected in the past whether it was by creating strong passwords or installing anti-virus software.
However, we tend to neglect those advices because we want everything easy. The need to always protect our online security has taken on a different meaning these days.
Attackers have become more sophisticated compared to the past. There are undoubtedly more resources right now than there ever was before. As such, it’s not really a surprise that there are more and more attacks. This is why anyone who accesses the internet for anything, be it a simple Google search, should always make sure they are protected.
Simply updating Flash is one way to keep your system protected – that’s if you have the software installed. Updating is easy because the program itself would alert you regarding the need to upgrade. So all you need to do is set aside a little time for the updates to take place. It’s that simple.
Once you’ve gone through the update process, always make sure to check if the version is reflected in the About section. As of this writing, Flash Player version 22.214.171.124 is the latest version for Windows and Mac while 126.96.36.1994 is the newest one for Linux. Keep in mind that this isn’t just telling you, Adobe recommends doing so as well.