Adobe Flash Player is one of the least secure programs around and can expose its users to numerous security threats. But, since it’s still used to play videos and animated images in thousands of websites, you can’t just uninstall it from your device and web browsers — or else you won’t be able to access these content.
Reasons to turn on automatic updates
So what should you do to continue using Flash Player’s features without putting yourself at risk? One of the steps you should take is to enable automatic updates in the program. Doing this ensures that you’ll receive Adobe’s latest security patches, which provide fixes for known vulnerabilities and ensures attackers won’t be able to use these vulnerabilities to hack into your system. Enabling automatic updates also helps keep your computer secure without requiring you to manually do anything, which is great if you have a busy schedule and can’t always remember to update Flash Player.
Turning on automatic updates
To enable automatic updates in your Windows or Mac OS computer, you can search for “Flash Player” in your device to pull up the “Flash Player Settings Manager” window. Click on the “Updates” tab then on the “Change Update Settings” button. Choose “Yes” if a pop-up window would ask whether or not you want to allow Adobe Flash Player to make changes to your computer. Select the button beside “Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)”; this will give Flash Player permission to automatically download and install new updates as soon as they become available.
If you’re using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you don’t have to worry since the Flash Player plugin for these browser automatically updates itself. But take note that it might take a few days before the browser plugin automatically installs the latest update, so you might get a message that your Flash Player is outdated. If this happens, you can manually get the update by going to the official download page.
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