Mac computers are known for being safe and secure, which isn’t really surprising since they’re made by Apple. But this doesn’t mean you can be complacent. If you want to maintain and even improve your online security, you have to be vigilant about updating the software you use.
One of these programs is Adobe Flash Player. Apple has always been wary about Flash Player (which is why it’s not supported by iOS devices), so it’s a bit surprising that computers running on macOS still allow the use of this web client. Many tech experts recommend users to uninstall Flash Player because of the numerous security issues it brings but, if you really need it for your day-to-day browsing, the least you can do is to keep it updated.
As of this writing, your Adobe Flash Player should be on version 188.8.131.52. Released on July 11, this is the latest update for Mac computers as well as for Windows and Linux computers, and it brings security patches for three vulnerabilities. One of them is classified as a critical vulnerability while two are categorized as important vulnerabilities. All three affect Mac users.
If you’re still using Adobe Flash Player version 184.108.40.206 or earlier, you’ll need to download and install the update as soon as possible. Go to get.adobe.com/flashplayer, click on the “Install Now” button, and follow the instructions to install the update in your Mac computer. If you use several browsers in your computer, take note that you have to update Adobe Flash Player in each browser.
Alternatively, you can update Adobe Flash Player in your Mac computer through System Preferences. To do this, click on the Apple Menu icon, choose “System Preferences”, and select Adobe Flash Player. Go to the Advanced Tab, look for the “Updates” section, then click on “Check Now”. A pop-up window will appear, stating that an update is available and giving you the option to download and install it. Click on “Yes” and follow the directions to complete the installation.
If you use Safari as your main web browser, check out this article on how to enable Adobe Flash Player in Safari.