If you enjoy watching movies or videos online, you have Adobe Flash Player to thank for those, in most cases. Flash Player is one of the most used platforms for streaming video content online and it’s also one of the most vulnerable apps out there.
There are many other options to Flash Player, but very few media providers have opted for them, despite the ongoing security threats posed by vulnerabilities found within it.
This is why Adobe regularly issues patches and updates for Flash Player and all users are urged to update their Flash Player as often as possible because that’s the only way to make sure that their device is safe from threats.
Sometimes the update will happen automatically and those users needn’t be worried, but at other times, they will have to manually update their Flash Player which basically consists in going to the official Adobe site and downloading the latest available version for Flash Player. The process is very simple and all you have to do is follow whatever prompts the installer issues. It doesn’t take long and it’s worth not having problems with malicious third parties later on.
At the moment, the latest available version for Adobe Flash Player is 18.104.22.168 which will work for Macs and for Windows and Linux-based devices. There is also a Flash Player Extended Support Release version 22.214.171.1242 which also comes with many fixes.
The fact is that hackers have targeted at least one high profile victim by exploiting Adobe Flash Player’s vulnerabilities and who is to say that won’t happen again to somebody else.
Apple has taken some steps to avoid potential problems that its users might encounter by disabling the Flash Player by default in macOS Sierra, thus allowing people to enable it whenever they need it. The same situation applies for Java, Quicktime and Silverlight.