Chances are if you use a computer, Adobe Flash is a part of it. It's the type of program you pay little attention to until you need it and don't have it, but odds are, you do.
But like any program or app, it will occasionally require updates and patches. Normally meant to improve performance or provide new features, they sometimes are released to fix a security issue.
That is the case with the newest update from Adobe, which is applicable to not one, but three versions of Flash. Basically, if you have the program, you best update it.
Failure to update will leave you vulnerable
The latest Adobe bulletin, APSB18-08, notes that Adobe has released security updates for Flash for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. The updates are meant to fix "critical vulnerabilities" in Flash Player 126.96.36.199 as well as earlier versions.
If you are looking for some good news, it is that as far as Adobe knows, nothing terrible has happened due to the issue that has been discovered. They discovered the security flaws in time and believe updating the program will prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your computer.
How do I update?
You should not have to do much of anything if you use Flash for Google Chrome, as that will automatically update to the latest version for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. The same will go for anyone who uses Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer for Windows 10 and 8.1.
Anyone who has Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime, however, will want to follow these instructions given by Adobe:
- Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 via the update mechanism within the product  or by visiting the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
Unfortunately, Flash is often vulnerable
While a necessary program in the past, Flash is less so nowadays yet is still found on most computers. It has long been a popular app with criminals, who have often found and exploited flaws within it that allowed them to go through your browser and get your computer to run malware.
Not available on iPhones and iPads, it is also being phased into the background by browsers. Still, as long as it is around, the possibility for more security problems exists. And as we all know, they don't all get fixed before criminals take advantage of them.
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