Adobe notifies Flash and Reader users of new available updates by displaying a notice regarding the availability of the new software.
But when you see this type of notice from Adobe, how can you tell if the Flash update is valid or an attempt to install malware on your Mac?
However, it's a good idea to always doubt the validity of automatic software update notices, especially those for Adobe Flash Player or Adobe Reader.
When visiting a web page, if you are asked to install a program or item on your machine, do not trust it and quit your browser.
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.
Now that you know, how can you tell if the versions you have installed are the latest versions?
The answers vary depending on your browser, but the solutions are basic.
If your Flash version is outdated and you use Safari, it's normal to see an error message indicating a blocked plug-in when trying to run any Flash content.
Type this web address directly into your browser address bar: On this page, Adobe lists the latest Flash Player version information for all operating system platforms.
The page also displays your current version information, helping you quickly and easily determine if you do in fact need to update your software.
Whenever you have doubts about whether your software is up-to-date after receiving a Flash update notice, use these techniques to find out if you need to download new versions of your software.