Adobe has just released an emergency patch to the Flash Player browser plug-in that you need to download and install now. The update fixes a security issue that hackers are already using to attack computers.
In an advisory issued Tuesday morning (June 23, 2015), Adobe said the latest version of Flash — v. 188.8.131.52 on Windows and Mac OS X — fixes a critical flaw (CVE-2015-3113) that is being actively exploited in “limited, targeted attacks.” The company said systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and below, as well as Firefox on Windows XP, are known targets of these exploits.
Now's a good time to ask if you even need Flash anymore. Because Flash is installed on nearly every computer and in almost every browser, it's become a tempting entryway for hackers looking to attack computers. If hackers find a weakness in Flash that lets them break into computers, they can quickly attack hundreds of millions of computers before Adobe releases a fix. Check out this Tip that explains why and how to disable Flash on your computer to stay safer.
If you're sticking with Flash, you need to update it now. Click here to find out how to update Flash on your computer.