Today brings word of an important update to Adobe Flash that fixes “critical vulnerabilities” that could let hackers take control of your system. The new version is 188.8.131.52, and it’s available for immediate download from Adobe’s web site.
Flash, and fake Flash installers, have become major ways that malware developers introduce corrupted payloads onto personal computers. So you need to be very careful when you use Flash, when you update it, or when you respond to pop-up messages that tell you to update Flash right away.
If you already have Adobe Flash installed and you want to make sure you’re using the latest version, follow these simple steps.
- Click on the menu and select System Preferences.
- Click on Flash Player.
- Click on the Updates tab.
- Click on the Check Now button.
If an update exists, the Flash Player system preference will begin to prompt you to download and install the latest Flash update. If no update exists, the Flash Player will tell you Flash is up to date.