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Need To Update Flash? What Settings In Settings Manager?


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:57 AM

Hi,

I don't really use Flash except for when an occasional webpage has something on it, I guess...

I just checked and see that I have Flash Version 9,0,28,0. The latest version on the Flash website is 9,0,47,0.

1. I thought I read something about there being security vulnerabilities in older versions of Flash? Would this effect me? Should I update to the newest version? (Are there any downsides to updating?) Or am I okay with my current version?

2. If I do update, do I need to download/run the Flash uninstaller first? Then download/install the newest version of Flash?

3. I'm also wondering what are the best/safest settings to have on each tab of the Flash Settings Manager:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/document..._manager02.html

(I didn't even realize such a think existed until this morning -- and am wondering if I may have "unsafe" settings currently...)

4. I use Firefox, so I don't think I even have Flash installed for IE (so I wasn't going to bother downloading the one for that). But how can I make sure I don't have Flash for IE installed currently?

Any help is appreciated -- thanks! :thumbsup:

Edited by bloomcounty, 07 September 2007 - 11:59 AM.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:20 PM

1. I cant help you with this one but I will say that most companies recommend their newest versions because they usually include security patchs or other updates.

2. I'm not a hundred percent clear on what your asking here but you click the link on this site here to download the installer.
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/do...mp;promoid=BIOW

When it is completely finished downloading, doubleclick the installer icon.

Or maybe you were looking specifically for this

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:7

Its the second one down. This is the flash player firefox add-on from the Mozilla website.
*****I just checked the second link, it only redirects you to the first one.

3. I would set all of the options you can to ask. That way if a legitimate Flash object is used you can approve it. If you typing an email (for example) and a suspicious flash alert pops up, you can kill it by denying it. (A small popup box will appear each time a flash object is present.

Under the storage options it is up to you how much data you allow to be stored on your computer. I would recommend that you allow no data to be stored. The downside to this is that the Flash videos may take longer to load.

For the next two tabs I would set these at Ask again for the reasons stated above.

The automatic updates are a preference issue.

For Privacy Settings, again I would set all to ask. I frequent youtube, so I set that site only to always allow.

For the final storage setting option, again, Always Ask. I made another exception here for youtube. This, I found, make youtube faster while streaming.

4. If you open up internet explorer and go to http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/about/
it will tell you your flash player version in a small grey box in the middle of the page.

Hope i pointed you in the right direction.

Edited by DanC1186, 08 September 2007 - 01:23 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2007 - 03:07 PM

Hi, Dan. Thanks for the post!

1. I cant help you with this one but I will say that most companies recommend their newest versions because they usually include security patchs or other updates.


This is what I saw:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/100269/flash-player-plug-in-critical-browser-security-update/

Since I have Version 9,0,28,0, I figure this would apply to me then. (Which tg comfirmed.)

2. I'm not a hundred percent clear on what your asking here but you click the link on this site here to download the installer.
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/do...mp;promoid=BIOW

When it is completely finished downloading, doubleclick the installer icon.

Or maybe you were looking specifically for this

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:7

Its the second one down. This is the flash player firefox add-on from the Mozilla website.


It actually says you should uninstall your current version of Flash before updating to the newest version. So there's an uninstaller that you're supposed to download (which I did). Just wanted to make sure that was the right thing to do -- but it seems it is! :flowers: (tg also verified this for me.)

I'll follow all your suggestions for settings (never even realized there were settings until the other day!).

Hopefully I haven't fallen victim to anything by not having updated Flash until now (since I just found out about it the other day). Any way to be sure? What problems would it cause?

Thanks for all the help, Dan! :thumbsup:
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