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Urgent Adobe Flash update patches 18 security risks

Urgent Adobe Flash update patches 18 security risks

We've been telling you for years that you should uninstall Adobe Flash Player because it's riddled with security problems. In fact, Adobe itself has recommended you stop using it.

If you are still using Adobe Flash Player, and we don't recommend that you do, Adobe has issued 18 security patches. Make sure you update these ASAP. These vulnerabilities could let hackers remotely take over your computer and install malicious software onto your device.

Adobe says the updates are needed for Windows PCs and Macs and for Web browsers Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. It also affects the Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

To update a standalone installation of Flash, click here. The Chrome, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge browsers will update it automatically when you restart the browser. Of course, even updated, you should seriously consider disabling Flash or uninstalling it completely. You might find you don't need it as much as you thought.

Note: Keeping your computer programs up to date is an important step to keeping hackers out of your computer. Strong Internet security software is another critical piece of the protection puzzle.

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