Adobe Flash Player continues to remain on numerous devices, despite the fact that it is not considered safe, and there are better alternatives, such as HTML 5. However, it is hard to give up old habits, and Flash was one of the most popular plug-ins in the history of the Internet.
If you are one of those users who still has Adobe Flash Player on your computer, the least you can do is keep it updated. Make sure that you get updates as soon as they are released, since most of them take care of critical vulnerabilities, and eliminate issues that could put your device at risk. However, you will have to be careful when you get Flash updates.
Updating Flash on a Mac computer
Mac computers might be a little bit more vulnerable, since there are plenty of malicious coders who try to take advantages of Flash updates in order to get malware on your computer. They use notifications for fake Flash updates, and as soon as you click the download button you are basically allowing malware.
Get the real Adobe Flash Player updates
Here is how you can update Flash Player and make sure that it is not a fake update.
- Open the Apple menu.
- Click System Preferences
- In the bottom left corner you should see Flash Player. Choose it.
- Open the Updates tab.
- Click the Check Now button.
- You will see if there is an update available. If it is one you can click Yes to update.
Additionally, you can select between three options: Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended), Notify me to install updates and Never check for updates (not recommended). The first one should update Adobe automatically, while the second one will let you know when an update is available.