Create an account Login: Lost password. HTML code for linking to this page:. Adobe has finally released a Flash Player that includes full native bit support for bit browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The official announcement of the availability of Flash Player 11 is here , and the download itself is here. It's been a long time coming. Back in July , more than three years ago, I noted that Adobe's official support page for the Flash Player included this text:.
Adobe is working on Flash Player support for bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player. Adobe itself has encouraged the use of this software as the best alternative.
Adobe Flash Player is dead in the water. It is outdated, not secure, and always seems to be at risk of being hacked.
Software and games that use the flash player will soon have other programs that will take its place, if it hasn't happened already. No, we do not recommend downloading Adobe Flash Player. The following table documents historical support for Flash Player and AIR on mobile operating systems :.
Adobe has taken steps to reduce or eliminate Flash licensing costs. For instance, the SWF file format documentation is provided free of charge  after they relaxed the requirement of accepting a non-disclosure agreement to view it in Adobe has not been willing to make complete source code of the Flash Player available for free software development and even though free and open source alternatives such as Shumway and Gnash have been built, they are no longer under active development.
In some browsers, prior Flash versions have had to be uninstalled before an updated version could be installed. Mixing Flash applications with HTML leads to inconsistent behavior with respect to input handling keyboard and mouse not working as they would in an HTML-only document.
This is often done in web sites  and can lead to poor user experience with the site. The February 20, update to This defect is related to hardware acceleration and may be overcome by disabling hardware acceleration via the Adobe settings in Firefox accessed by right clicking within the video or in Internet Explorer within the Tools settings. Local storage in Flash Player allows websites to store non-executable data on a user's computer, such as authentication information, game high scores or saved games, server-based session identifiers, site preferences, saved work, or temporary files.
Flash Player will only allow content originating from exactly the same website domain to access data saved in local storage. Because local storage can be used to save information on a computer that is later retrieved by the same site, a site can use it to gather user statistics, similar to how HTTP cookies and Web Storage can be used. With such technologies, the possibility of building a profile based on user statistics is considered by some a potential privacy concern.
Users can disable or restrict use of local storage in Flash Player through a "Settings Manager" page. Local storage can be disabled entirely or on a site-by-site basis. Disabling local storage will block any content from saving local user information using Flash Player, but this may disable or reduce the functionality of some websites, such as saved preferences or high scores and saved progress in games. Flash Player Adobe security bulletins and advisories announce security updates, but Adobe Flash Player release notes do not disclose the security issues addressed when a release closes security holes, making it difficult to evaluate the urgency of a particular update.
A version test page allows the user to check if the latest version is installed, and uninstallers may be used to ensure that old-version plugins have been uninstalled from all installed browsers.
In February , Adobe officially apologized  for not fixing a known vulnerability for over a year. In June Adobe announced a "critical vulnerability" in recent versions, saying there are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
Android users have been recommended to disable Flash or make it only on demand. Symantec 's Internet Security Threat Report  states that a remote code execution in Adobe Reader and Flash Player  was the second most attacked vulnerability in The same report also recommended using browser extensions to disable Flash Player usage on untrusted websites. McAfee predicted that Adobe software, especially Reader and Flash, would be primary target for attacks in Steve Jobs criticized the security of Flash Player, noting that "Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in ".
On April 7, , Adobe released a Flash Player patch for a zero-day memory corruption vulnerability CVE - that could be used to deliver malware via the Magnitude exploit kit. The vulnerability could be exploited for remote code execution. This move by Adobe, together with the abandonment of Flex to Apache was criticized as a way to lock out independent tool developers, in favor of Adobe's commercial tools.
This has been resolved as of January , after Adobe no longer requires a license or royalty from the developer. You can skip the steps below. See Flash Player with Google Chrome. Flash Player is pre-installed in Google Chrome, but not enabled. You can skp the steps below. Rate this program. Architecture bit. Version Microsoft Security Essentials Reason Antivirus. Which Windows OS versions does it run on? Which OS releases does it run on?
When I visited the Flash Player download page on a system running the bit version of Windows 7, I was greeted with this dialog box:. The first is the message that a single installer adds both bit and bit support. I was impressed with the new streamlined installer, which finished quickly and didn't require any confirmations or check boxes after I clicked Run. When I opened the bit version of Internet Explorer, I was able to play Flash content—something that was impossible before except using experimental code.
Unfortunately, that installer screen also shows Adobe's continuing commitment to foistware—in this case, the Google toolbar that the company continues to push as part of the Flash Player installation.