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Top Story: Update Flash and Java ASAP or just get rid of them

Top Story: Update Flash and Java ASAP or just get rid of them
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The hacker-friendly browser plug-ins Flash and Java are back in the news with yet another round of security updates. You might recall that Adobe released a set of patches just last week that fixed 13 flaws in Flash.

However, that same day Adobe came out with a warning that hackers were taking advantage of another critical flaw in Flash it hadn't patched, and that another patch was on the way the following week. That's the one that arrived today.

This update brings Flash to version number 19.0.0.207. If you use Chrome, Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, you just need to restart your browser to get the latest version of Flash. Everyone else will need to download the new version from Adobe's site.

Given the regular and serious security problems in Flash, however, you should consider uninstalling it, or at least disabling it on sites that don't really need it. Find out how to do both.

In addition to the Flash update, we also get an update from Oracle that patches two -dozen flaws in Java. If you're still using it, you can get the updates here.

However, there's almost no reason to use Java anymore, so uninstalling it, or at least disabling it in your browser, is definitely a move you should make sooner rather than later. Learn how to do that, and get a refresher on what Java is and why it's a danger.

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