Updating java and flash player
This plug-in provides what is called "Active Content," meaning it adds additional functionality to web pages for interactive or media-related capability.These powerful applets can be embedded in web pages and provide the opportunity to access users across all operating systems, which means the software is a popular attack point for malware authors.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.
Due to the latest string of attacks coming through Adobe's software, many of you may opt not to install or run any Adobe software, and some of you may not know if you have browser plug-ins enabled.
Flash was not included on i OS, in part because of these security vulnerabilities along with other performance issues.
Although this has helped decrease the options malware authors have for attacking i Devices (remember when Steve Jobs took heat for the decision not to include Flash support in i OS?
Sometimes malware is served from a web page that looks like a program running on your machine or an open window on your desktop.
For example, several variants of the Flashback Trojan served malware from web pages made to appear like your Flash plug-ins crashed and required an update using a fake Adobe Flash installer.
If you do use Adobe or aren't sure if you have the software enabled or which version of Flash you have, as we've discussed, there are ways to check for this information before downloading something from a possibly sketchy-looking Adobe Flash Player update notice.