Latest Flash Player streamlines update process

Automatic, silent updates come to Flash Player.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Adobe has added a new feature to the latest Flash Player update that will be sweet music to the ears of system admins the world over.

Flash Player version 11.2 for Windows, OS X and Linux,  introduces an automatic, silent update mechanism to help users stay up-to-date with the latest releases. Given the number and severity of vulnerabilities affecting Flash Player, this is a very good thing indeed and will make PCs a lot harder to the bad guys to get into.

The latest Flash Player can be downloaded from Adobe's website. During installation Windows users will see a new dialog box prompting them to enable automatic updating.

If you are a Google Chrome user then the browser has been automatically updating the Flash Player plugin for you.

I highly recommend choosing the option "Install updates automatically when available (recommended)"because there is nothing more detrimental to the security of a system than to be running an old and vulnerable version of the Flash Player. I can think of no good reason why you wouldn't want Flash Player to update automatically.

For anyone having to administer machines with Flash Player installed on them, this is going to make their lives a lot easier. It's also going to keep home users a lot safer since after installing this one update, they can stop thinking about Flash Player updates then forever.

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