Oh look! Another Flash Player update to plug another critical security hole…
As I note over at ZDNet, this is the 21st such update in the last 22 months, and the third in the last six weeks.
For most of us, being completely Flash-free isn’t an option, and ignoring those update prompts can be hazardous to your personal security.
Fortunately, help is at hand.
What makes this week’s release different is that it finally includes an automatic updater, so you no longer have to worry about manually updating this ubiquitous utility.
The new feature is included in version 18.104.22.168. Here’s what you see in the Flash settings Control Panel app after installing the latest update.
To check which version of Flash Player is installed on your PC, visit this page:
If you don’t have the most recent version, download it here:
But watch out for extras that Adobe might try to install along with Flash Player. The manual installer often includes browser toolbars, virus scanners, and other potentially unwanted software. And these days Adobe is selling ad space for a “system optimizer” that will find nonexistent “critical problems” on your PC and try to scare you into paying to “fix” the errors.
I’ve got the ugly details here:
One way to avoid the entire sordid mess is to use the free Flash installer at Ninite:
Adobe gets enough bad press for the security flaws and performance problems associated with Flash. The fact that they pull stunts like this suggests they just don’t care about their reputation.