Adobe Flash Player is a popular type of freeware software that allows you to view multimedia online. If you stream video or use footage in your marketing materials, you most likely have Adobe Flash Player. In fact, it’s estimated that over 90 percent of internet users regularly use the convenient plugin.
While it’s generally safe, Adobe Flash Player can potentially compromise your device if it isn’t updated regularly. So, just like every other computer plugin, it’s important to update Flash periodically. Wondering how to updated Adobe Flash Player? Fortunately, it’s pretty simple. In fact, Adobe Flash Player is set up to automatically update itself. If you’re having problems with your version of Flash and don’t want to wait for an automatic update, you can download the newest version manually. Just follow these simple steps.
Don’t Trust Pop-Ups
If you get a pop-up message saying it’s time to update your Flash plugin, don’t trust it. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to worry about harmful viruses gaining access to your computer files. Unfortunately, the cyber world is anything but perfect, and there are plenty of viruses masquerading as legitimate security updates. To keep yourself safe, be very skeptical of any pop-ups prompting you to download or update a plugin on your computer.
Go Directly to Adobe’s Website
Instead of downloading an update from a pop-up prompt, go directly to Adobe’s Website. Open your preferred browser and type in “http://www.adobe.com” in the address bar. Don’t download an Adobe Flash Player update from any website except for Adobe’s. If you visit a website and immediately receive a pop-up notification to install something on your computer, never do so. Exit the website immediately.
Install the Updated Version
Once you’re at the Adobe website, locate the search field and type “Flash” in it, then press “Enter”. An option should come up that allows you to install the Adobe Flash Player. You may receive a pop-up prompt notifying you that Flash is an application that is downloaded via the internet. The prompt may ask you if you are sure you want to open the file. If the notification says that the file came from “get.adobe.com” it is okay to open it.
Making sure you have the current version of Adobe Flash Player is essential if you use footage and images to market your business online.