Updating the Adobe Flash Player plugin in Opera browser

Updating the Adobe Flash Player plugin in Opera browser

Web technologies do not stand still. On the contrary, they are developing by leaps and bounds. Therefore, it is very likely that if a browser component has not been updated for a long time, it will not display the content of web pages correctly. Furthermore, outdated plug-ins and add-ons are the main loophole for attackers, as their vulnerabilities have long been known to everyone. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to update the browser components on time. Let's find out how to update the Adobe Flash Player plugin for Opera.

Enable automatic update

The best and most convenient way is to activate the automatic update of Adobe Flash Player for the Opera browser. This procedure can be done only once and then there is no need to worry that this component is expired.

To configure the update of Adobe Flash Player, it is necessary to perform certain manipulations in the Windows Control Panel.

    1. Press "Starts". in the lower left corner of the monitor, and in the menu that appears, go to "Control Panel"..
    2. In the control panel window that opens, select "Security system"..
    3. After that, we see a list of many elements, among which we find an element with the name "Flash Player".and with the characteristic icon next to it. Double click on it.

    1. It opens . Flash Player Settings Manager. Go to tab "Updates"..
    2. As you can see, there are three options for choosing access to plugin updates: never check for updates, notify before installing updates, and allow Adobe to install updates.
    3. In our case, the option is activated in the settings manager "Never check for updates". This is the worst possible option. If it's installed, you won't even know that the Adobe Flash Player plug-in requires an update, and you will continue to work with an outdated and vulnerable item. When activating the element "Notify me before installing an update"In case there is a new version of Flash Player, the system will notify you about it, and to update this plugin, you just have to accept the suggestion in the dialog box. But it is better to choose the option "Allow Adobe to install updates."In this case, all necessary updates will occur in the background without your intervention at all.To select this item, click the button "Change update settings.".
    4. As you can see, the options switch has been activated, and now we can select any of them. Check the box next to the option "Allow Adobe to install updates.".

  1. So we just close The settings managerby clicking on the white cross in the red square in the upper right corner of the window.

Now all Adobe Flash Player updates will be done automatically as soon as they appear, without your direct intervention.

Also read: Flash Player not updating: 5 ways to fix the problem

Checking for a new version

If for some reason you do not want to install the automatic update, you will have to regularly check for new versions of the plugin, so that your browser correctly displays the content of the websites and is not vulnerable to attackers.

Read more: How to check the version of Adobe Flash Player

  1. В Flash Player Settings Manager press the button Check now..
  2. Opens a browser that takes you to the official Adobe website with a list of current Flash Player plugins for various browsers and operating systems. In this table we look for the Windows platform, and the Opera browser. The name of the current version of the plugin must correspond to these columns.
  3. Once we have found the name of the current version of Flash Player on the official site, we look in the Configuration Manager to see which version is installed on our computer. For the Opera browser plugin, the version name is in front of the entry "PPAPI Plugin Version"..

As we can see, in our case, the current version of Flash Player on the Adobe website, and the version of the plugin that is installed for the Opera browser are the same. This means that the plugin does not need to be updated. But what to do when the versions don't match?

Manual Flash Player update

If you have detected that your version of Flash Player is out of date, but for some reason you do not want to activate automatic updating, you will have to perform this procedure manually.

Warning. If while browsing the web, a message appears somewhere that your version of Flash Player is out of date, offering to download the current version of the plugin, then don't be too quick to do so. First, check the currency of your version as above through the Flash Player Settings Manager. If the plugin is not up to date yet, then download your update only from the official Adobe website, as a third-party resource may launch a virus program at you.

Manual Flash Player update is a normal plug-in installation that uses the same algorithm as if you installed it for the first time. Simply, once the installation is complete, the new version of the plugin will replace the obsolete version.

  1. When you go to the Flash Player download page on the official Adobe website, you will automatically be provided with an updated installation file for your operating system and browser. To install it, just click on the yellow button on the site "Install Now"..
  2. Next, you are asked to specify where to save the installation file.
  3. Once the installation file has been downloaded to your computer, you must run it through your Opera download manager, Windows Explorer or any other file manager.
  4. The installation of the extension will begin. You will not be asked to intervene in this process.
  5. Once the installation is complete, you will have the current and secure version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in installed in your Opera browser.

Read more: How to install Flash Player for Opera

As you can see, even manually updating Adobe Flash Player is not complicated at all. However, to be constantly sure that you have the current version of this extension in your browser, as well as to protect yourself from the actions of intruders, it is strongly recommended to configure the automatic update of this plugin.

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