+ How to Tell if Adobe Flash Player Update is Valid Posted on March 8th, 2013 by There have been a lot of articles lately about security problems with Flash Player and recommendations to update Adobe plug-ins. But you may be wondering a few things, such as what the heck is a plug-in? How do you know if the version of Flash you have is the one that needs updating? And how do you make sure you’re as safe as possible when updating the software, given the constant flood of problems that are being reported?
These are all valid concerns that we’ll clear up, putting your mind at ease when it comes time to update Adobe Flash Player. What is a Plug-in? Let's start with the basics. Plug-ins (or 'plugins' – both are correct) are software elements used by web browsers, often to display certain types of content such as Flash or Java. Sometimes these come with your browser automatically, but sometimes you have to add them. When it comes to plug-ins, it can be hard to know what you have installed or what version you have.
Navigate to the page where the Flash video you want to download can be found, using Safari. Be sure that you have the latest version of the embedded Flash Player installed for your browser. While in Safari, press this key combination 'Option,' 'Command' and 'A.' Amazon.com: Adobe Flash Player 16 for Mac OS 10.6-10.10 [Download]: Software. Hardware accelerated HD video with perfect playback using Flash Player.
Adobe's Flash Player is one of the most popular plug-ins on many websites, developed as multi-platform software for use on all the major operating systems. This plug-in provides what is called 'Active Content,' meaning it adds additional functionality to web pages for interactive or media-related capability. What's the Security Concern with Plug-Ins? These powerful applets can be embedded in web pages and provide the opportunity to access users across all operating systems, which means the software is a popular attack point for malware authors. For instance, it has been known for some time now that, and the list of open issues does not seem to be decreasing. But Flash too has had its share of problems lately, which has led to of the plug-in.
Flash was not included on iOS, in part because of these security vulnerabilities along with other performance issues. Although this has helped decrease the options malware authors have for attacking iDevices (remember when Steve Jobs took heat for the support in iOS?), Flash continues to be popular on many websites, and users are frequently prompted to update their software. Sometimes multiple updates for Flash or Reader can occur in the same month. Adobe notifies Flash and Reader users of new available updates by displaying a notice regarding the availability of the new software. But when you see this type of notice from Adobe, how can you tell if the Flash update is valid or an attempt to install malware on your Mac? How to Verify Which Flash Version You Have Installed Your web browser can tell you the plug-ins you have installed and which versions: • In Safari, choose Help > Installed Plug-Ins. A web page will open in Safari that provides a list of the plug-ins, their versions, and the types of content they manage.
• In Firefox, choose Tools > Add-Ons and choose the Plugins tab. • In Chrome, Flash Player will automatically be updated to the latest Google Chrome version, so you can rest assured the version you have is the latest. As you can see, it’s pretty simple to find out which versions of software you are running. Now that you know, how can you tell if the versions you have installed are the latest versions? The answers vary depending on your browser, but the solutions are basic. Blocked Plug-ins If your Flash version is outdated and you use Safari, it's normal to see an error message indicating a blocked plug-in when trying to run any Flash content. Describing what you can do if you see this error message.