Fake updates for Adobe Flash Player are on the rise. Some of them require you to pay money to get Flash Player for your device, while others even install malware in your computer, which they then use to steal your information or hold your files for ransom. Because of this, it’s important for you to know how to protect yourself from these updates and maintain your online safety and security. Here are some of the steps you can take:
- Get Flash from a reliable source
Perhaps you uninstalled Adobe Flash Player in the past and have discovered that you need it to access important content. In this case, the best thing to do is to go to Adobe’s official download page for Flash Player, which is get.adobe.com/flashplayer. By doing this, you know that you’re getting Flash from a reputable source and won’t be downloading viruses and other malware in the process.
- Never pay for Flash Player
As mentioned above, many fake Flash Player updates strive to scam money from users. You can avoid becoming a scamming victim by never paying to download and install Flash Player. This is why it’s important to get Flash from the official download page: Adobe will never charge you to install its web client in your computer.
- Remember: Flash isn’t available for most mobile devices
Steve Jobs was vehemently against the idea of using Adobe Flash Player in iOS devices and even wrote a 1,700-word public letter about it. As a result, most iOS users know that Flash Player isn’t compatible with their devices.
This isn’t the case with Android, though — many Android users still believe that they could download Flash Player into their smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible if their devices are running Android 4.1 and above since Flash Player only supports Android 4.0 and below. So, if you’re using a relatively new Android device, you shouldn’t trust apps or advertisements telling you that you can get Flash Player on your gadget.
- Avoid visiting sketchy websites
Many cyberattackers don’t have the power to hack secure and well-maintained sites, so they use shady websites to host their fake Adobe Flash Player updates. If you visit one of these sites, you might be told to download Flash Player before you could access the website’s content. Sometimes, the fake update can even automatically install itself into your computer, putting it at even higher risk of getting infected with malware. To avoid this scenario, stick to reputable websites that are known for being safe and secure.
- Never click on pop-ups
Even if you stay on reliable websites, you might still get pop-ups telling you to update Flash Player. Avoid clicking on these pop-ups; if you think you need an Adobe Flash Player update, head off to the official download page.
Take these steps to protect yourself from fake Flash Player updates and stay safe online. Don’t forget to keep up with the latest Adobe Flash Player news to learn about fake updates and security issues.