Do you feel like you spend a huge portion of your time updating your Adobe Flash Player? If you do, you’re not alone. With the frequent security updates that Adobe is releasing, it can be easy to feel like Flash is haunting you and invading your online life. You might even end up asking yourself: do I really need to download the latest version of this program?
The answer, unfortunately, is “Yes”. It might seem like a waste of time, but getting the latest Flash Player update ASAP fixes vulnerabilities that allow attackers to remotely access your computer and obtain your sensitive data. By downloading this update, you’ll reduce online security risk and protect yourself from cyber attacks. At the very least, you’ll avoid the scenario of having your private information fall into the wrong hands.
So how can you get the latest version of Adobe Flash Player? If you’re using the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime, you can go to get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and follow the instructions to download and install the latest update. However, to make updating your Flash Player much easier and convenient, you’ll want to enable the automatic update feature. By doing this, you’re essentially allowing Flash to check for new updates and download and install them in your computer — without requiring you to do anything.
To set automatic updates for Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime on Windows, click on the Start button, search for “Flash Player”, and open the program. Go to the “Updates” tab, click on the “Change Update Settings” button, and choose “Allow Adobe to install updates”. If you’re using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, you won’t need to do anything to get automatic updates since the browsers will automatically update their versions of the Flash Player.
If automatic updates aren’t for you, you can click on the “Notify me to install updates”. This way, Adobe will inform you when the latest version of Flash arrives and prompt you to download the update. Just make sure that the Flash Player installer you’ll click on is definitely from Adobe; a lot of hackers nowadays use fake installers to spread malware and get access to unsuspecting users’ systems.