PostPoints tip: Keep your Adobe Flash plug-in current
The Adobe Flash plug-in that runs most of the video you watch on the Web (along with many interactive features and, unfortunately, some of the more annoying ads) is one of the more frequently-updated programs on any home computer, but it's too easy to miss the bug fixes and security patches that Adobe pushes out. In some cases, Flash will alert you on its own when a new version arrives, but you may have to look for that update yourself. That's where things can get tricky. Adobe's Flash home page doesn't tell you if you've got the latest release--as of this tip's publication, version 10.0.22.87--or link to the tech-support page that will check that for you. Instead of bookmarking that support page, you might find it easier to right-click on a Flash object, such as a YouTube video or the interactive menu in the middle of the washingtonpost.com home page, and select its last item, "About Adobe Flash Player 10...", which will take you to that version-check site. Either way, if your copy of Flash is out of date, hit the Flash player home page, download the current release and install that. Here's my tip for Adobe: This process should be a little simpler.
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