Adobe Urges Users To Keep Flash Player Updated To Thwart Attempts By Cybercriminals and Hackers

Flash Player Updates 2017

Most people know that Adobe Flash Player lets them view rich Internet content through their web browser. However, it’s been riddled year after year with security problems. And, Adobe has finally announced that it will quit supporting it in 2020.

For now, people can still use flash player, but must always have a current version to stay safe. In order to make this happen, people are advised to visit the official Adobe website at get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/.

Hackers have routinely targeted the flash player plugins because of its long history and influence on the World Wide Web. It’s allowed people to read and watch content on the Internet, which allows them to exploit its vulnerabilities.

People who use the Adobe Flash Player plugin do it to play games, stream videos and view flash content on the Internet. If you do this, you must be careful to protect yourself – to avoid becoming a victim of scammers, hackers and cybercriminals.

With Adobe’s decision to stop supporting Flash Player, many websites have turned to HTML5. And, those that have yet to do this, still have more than two years to make it happen.

In the meantime, many websites have become a malware victim. When a visitor comes to a compromised website, they’ll be directed to another website that hosts malicious files. They’ll be informed that their files have been locked and they must pay a ransom to get them back.

The Bad Rabbit malware is one example of ransomware. Users were told that must pay a certain amount of money before their files were unlocked.

How To Use Adobe Flash Player With Mozilla Firefox

While Adobe has already announced it would end its support for the once-popular Adobe Flash Player in 2020, many people still use it to view material written in SWF format or play flash games to pass their time.

Many mobile browsers have already disabled flash, meaning to access any flash content, you’d have to install an earlier version of your device’s system. However, doing this means potentially subjecting your device to security problems and becoming a possible victim of ransomware.

This migration away from flash to HTML 5 is a sign that content creators need to make changes to their content – to stay current if they are to stay relevant.  The biggest reason people are turning away from Adobe Flash Player is the high number of security vulnerabilities it comes with. It also consumes a large amount of smartphone battery.

A huge reason people still have Flash Player installed on their devices is that many games still use flash. These games are repetitive in nature and are meant to get people to spend more time than they want on them.

To protect users, browsers have disabled the flash player by default, which means people have to manually turn it on to view flash content.  Bear in mind that if you decide to manually install it, you need to have the latest plug-in installed to decrease the chances for security problems.

If you are a Mac user, you’ll need to enable the Flash Player on Mozilla Firefox. This is done by going to Tools in Firefox and visit the Choose the Add-ons menu. Look for Shockwave Flash and change the status to “Always Activate.” You’ll be able to watch and play Flash Player content.

The same method applies to Windows operating software machines. The status needs to be set to “Always Activate.”

If you have an Android device, you must have Firefox version 55 or older. However, enabling Flash means opening your mobile device to attacks.

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