Adobe has patched critical flaws in a few of its products that could allow hackers to “take control of affected systems.” If you’re on Windows and use Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat or Reader, you’ll want to update your software immediately.
Although these fixes are marked as critical, Adobe says the exploits have only been used in “limited, isolated attacks.”
If you are using Google Chrome, your browser should have been updated automatically to include the latest secure version of Flash Player. To check if Chrome has an update, click the Menu button and then About Chrome. You’ll be prompted to restart the browser if an update is found and installed. Firefox, IE, and Safari users will want to download the latest Flash version below.
Adobe has a history of security flaws with these products so you may want to switch to other programs. If you’re looking for a free PDF reader, check out Foxit Reader. Browsers like Firefox and Chrome come with a built-in PDF viewer already so you don’t even need another program. Macs come with a free PDF viewer called Preview and are not affected by these vulnerabilities.
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