Updating adobe flash
One of the favourite pieces of software for malicious hackers to target on users’ computers is Adobe Flash Player. Many users may have installed it long ago in order to access Flash-based media content online, such as videos. Firstly, Adobe Flash Player is on an awful lot of computers.Malicious hackers can rely upon a large number of people having Flash installed, making it a target for attack.Secondly, the version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer may be out-of-date.The Adobe Flash plugin lets you hear and see Flash audio and video content on Chrome on your computer.Note: Adobe will stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020.We all love to hate Flash — it sucks down battery life on Mac laptops like nothing else, and is used by annoying ads and seems increasingly irrelevant in an era of HTML5.Yet many of us still rely on it to show some videos and make accessible web sites for restaurants, hotels and other places that we want to check out.
Thirdly, there has been a long history of malicious hackers finding critical security holes in Adobe Flash Player, and building their attacks into exploit kits for anyone to deploy.
Or – if you just need Adobe Flash for very specific websites or bespoke applications – have Flash installed on an alternative browser rather than the one you regularly use to surf the web.
If you’re not quite ready to take the step of entirely uninstalling Flash, then you should at the very least consider enabling “Click to Play”, which stops Flash elements from being rendered in your browser unless you give specific permission.
The updates are said to address critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to penetrate a vulnerable system, allowing a remote attacker to execute code on a victim’s computer and take control over the device.
Adobe recommends that users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player version 126.96.36.199 as soon as possible.