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For instance, it has been known for some time now that Java is not particularly safe, 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 Apple blocking older versions of the plug-in.
Flash was not included on i OS, in part because of these security vulnerabilities along with other performance issues.
Although this has helped decrease the options malware authors have for attacking i Devices (remember when Steve Jobs took heat for the decision not to include Flash support in i OS?
If you do use Adobe or aren't sure if you have the software enabled or which version of Flash you have, as we've discussed, there are ways to check for this information before downloading something from a possibly sketchy-looking Adobe Flash Player update notice.
If Flash or Reader plugins are enabled, Adobe will prompt users to download and install new updates with automatic update notices.
Your web browser can tell you the plug-ins you have installed and which versions: As you can see, it’s pretty simple to find out which versions of software you are running.
Due to the latest string of attacks coming through Adobe's software, many of you may opt not to install or run any Adobe software, and some of you may not know if you have browser plug-ins enabled.
You can head over to Adobe's site for Flash Player updates. The most widely known example of a fake Flash update is the Flashback Trojan horse, which first masqueraded as a Flash Player installer package targeting Mac users.
Over 600,000 Mac users installed the fake update to Adobe Flash thinking it was valid, thereby infecting their machines with malware.
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?
Adobe notifies Flash and Reader users of new available updates by displaying a notice regarding the availability of the new software.