On Thursday, researchers discovered a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that could allow a “potential attacker to take control of an affected system” by way of ransomware. Adobe issued an emergency security update for Flash Player and recommended that all users on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome install the update to prevent from ransomware attacks.
Ransomware is a malware that encrypts all the data on an affected user’s system and demands payment in order to decrypt it. Such payments could range from $200 to $1000 to decrypt your files and unlock your system.
In this article, we show how you can update your Adobe Flash Player on Mac OS X to version 22.214.171.124 to fix this critical vulnerability.
How to update Adobe Flash Player on Mac OS X
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo () in the left hand side of the menu bar to open the Apple Menu.
Step 2: Choose System Preferences
Step 3: Search for Flash Player to locate its icon in System Preferences and open it
Step 4: Once Flash Player’s preferences opens, switch to the Updates tab as shown below
Step 5: Click on the Check Now button to look for the latest Adobe Flash Player update. If it’s already updated to the latest version (126.96.36.199) then you’ll get a message that there’s no update available otherwise follow the on-screen instructions to update Adobe Flash Player the latest version.
Once you’ve installed the latest update, your system will now be safe from ransomware attacks. I would also recommend that you enable the option ‘Allow Adobe to install updates’ so that your Flash Player will be updated automatically to the latest version whenever available and prevent your system from being infected from such types of malware.
If you face any problems while following the above steps, make sure to let us know in the comments section below.