Mac101 – Flash Updates the Safe Way

If you have read this blog for any length of time you know I am not a big fan of the Flash web browser plugin. Flash has been around for a long time. If you have purchased a Mac recently or had one for quite a while , you are probably running some version of Flash in your Safari web browser. The Flash Plugin runs Flash movie type content on websites. You can run a Flash movie inside your browser.

The problem with Flash occurs when people try to update it from the Internet and end up installing a bunch of Malware on their Mac. Flash seems to be updated about once a week and most of those updates are security related. It is a security risk, but that risk can be mollified if you adhere to the following Flash update procedure.

Updating Flash

Just go into your System Preferences (Apple Menu upper-left corner, select System Preferences) and look at the last row of Preferences. If you have Flash installed it will look something like this:

If you see the Flash icon, just click on it and you will be taken to this window:

To update Flash safely, click on the “Updates” tab. You will see this window:

This version of Flash needs to be updated. I have chosen to allow Adobe to update Flash automatically. If your Flash needs updating, just click on “Install Now” and you will be taken to the Adobe Flash page on their website (the safe Flash page):

When you click on “Update now” the Flash plugin is updated. It gives you a message when you are finished. This is the SAFE way to update your Flash plugin.


I highly recommend uninstalling Flash if it is on your Mac. It just causes too many problems. However, if you prefer to retain it on your Mac, then be sure to update it in the most secure way.