If you are not running Google Chrome as your one and only browser on your PC system, you are probably tired of having to update Adobe's Flash Player regularly to protect the system from security vulnerabilities. This could change soon with the release of Adobe's Flash Player 11.2. The new version of Flash, currently available as a beta download at Adobe Labs, introduces a technology called Flash Player Background Updater.
The auto-updater is only provided for Windows systems in Flash 11.2. Windows users who install Flash Player 11.2 or later will see the following prompt after the successful installation.
Security updates and enhancements are periodically released for Adobe Flash Player that can be downloaded and installed automatically.
Choose your update method:
- Install updates automatically when possible (recommended)
- Notify me when updates are available
- Never check for updates (not recommended)
The first option checks for and installs Flash Player versions automatically on the operating system. Depending on the Flash version installed, this may include one (Internet Explorer version or other browser version) or even both versions if both are installed on the system.
The second option will perform the same checks for new versions. Instead of installing new versions automatically it will inform the user instead.
Flash Player will check for updates once per hour if the first or second option are selected. Adobe notes that users need to restart their web browser after an update has been installed to use the new version of Flash Player in the web browser.
The latest version of Adobe Flash Player 11.2 is available on the Adobe Labs download page. The installer is provided for all 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems that support Adobe Flash. The very same page offer downloads for the Flash Player uninstaller for 32-bit and 64-bit systems to uninstall the test version from the system again.
The update checks for new Flash versions are added as a Windows task so that no update program is running all the time on the computer system. It is likely that this new security feature will decrease the number of successful Flash player based attacks on Windows significantly. (via)
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