Most people have Adobe Flash Player installed on their PCs; you couldn’t use YouTube without it! Adobe is releasing a critical update this week to patch a vulnerability that allows hackers to take control of you Windows or Mac PC remotely. If you notice a pop up for Adobe Flash, please make sure it is genuine and if you are at all suspicious then download the update directly from Adobe.
To confirm the affected version is anything up to and including Version 188.8.131.527 (or 184.108.40.2068 on Linux). The update that will fix these issues is Version 220.127.116.116.
To check the Flash Player version on your PC, go to http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html and hit the [Check now] button. Bear in mind that you can have different versions of Flash for Internet Explorer and Firefox/Chrome/etc. so if you use more than one browser you may have to check/update the IE and non-IE version.
There have been reports of exploits already, meaning that the hackers are aware of the vulnerability and are using it before Adobe have been able to release the patched version (at the time of writing the latest version available is still 18.104.22.1687 on adobe.com).
Those of you who have an IT support contract with us, fear not – we’re monitoring the situation and as soon as the Adobe patch is released we will be deploying this to all machines remotely.
If you are not with us and would like more information, feel free to contact us to discuss the support we provide from as little as £10 per PC per month.
Stay safe out there,
Index eBusiness Support Team