Adobe Flash Player has seen an uptick in vulnerabilities to Internet threats, but Google Chrome is still the best in keeping its users secure. Why? Chrome was able to sandbox the plug-in, which is why people are advised to update their Google Chrome browser often to thwart any attempt at any attack through the Flash Player.
Of course, Chrome’s updates are not always in tandem with Flash Player updates, which means you may have to download the plug-in and manually update it. In the past, it would update by closing Chrome out and restarting it. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. If you want to update Adobe Flash Player in the browser, you’ll need to take the following four steps:
Updating Adobe Flash Player
- In the URL bar of the Chrome browser, type chrome://components/ and hit enter.
- You’ll see a list of Chrome components including Adobe Flash Player.
- Hit the “Click for Update” button beneath Flash Player, and you’ll see what the status is of the program. The status could be Component Updated, No Update or Component Not Updated.
- Close the browser and restart it, to allow the plug-in to update.
No matter what browser you have, your Flash Player should stay updated, especially if you’re using it. Chrome may have disabled the feature, but if you keep the program updated, you don’t have to turn it off entirely.
In the more recent Google Chrome versions, the company blocked the Flash material by default. It also removed the plug-in controls – not surprising as the plug-in will be gone entirely by 2020. If you visit a site with Chrome that uses Flash material, it lets you know it’s blocking the execution. Chrome is set up to execute HTML5 sites, not Flash. If you’d like to use Flash on your website, you’ll need to do the following:
Adobe Flash Player on Your Preferred Website
- Type chrome://settings/content/flash in the address bar. This will open Flash’s current settings.
- Turn the slider to OFF.
- Add the website you want to the allowed Web Pages list. Hit the Add button and then Allow.
- This can be done on any site that uses Flash, and you want to visit.
There are three dots adjacent to the site listing. Here, you can edit, remove or block sites. You can also click on the three dots to allow sites to run through Chrome.
Bear in mind that hackers love to target users with Adobe Flash Player. If you want to run Flash through Chrome, update it on a regular basis to keep yourself protected from hackers who are just waiting to exploit any of the plug-in’s vulnerabilities.