Are MacBook updates ever scams?

Hi

My Mac OS often asks me if I want to install the new Flash update.

I don't click Okay because it could be a Nigerian scam?

Should I be concerned?

Thanks
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arnoldCommented:
in general, you should only be prompted to install anything is when you initiate it.

If you do want flash, you should go to the source www.adobe.com and see whether you want it installed on the system.
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Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDANASA Cybersecurity EngineerCommented:
Hi Beavoid,

Yes and no, but you can avoid all of that by updating straight from Adobe Flash which lives in System Preferences. In short, just don't update Flash if you hit a website that says you need to do so. Rather, close Safari and navigate to Flash in System Preferences and see if it really does need an update. If it doesn't need an update but the website continues to tell you that it does, try another browser (FireFox or Opera). If the website still thinks Flash needs an update try clearing all data Safari is holding. If it still persist then you might have a "scam" or site that has malware. That said, I would recommend Intego as a robust all in one Anti Virus protection, Intrusion Detection System (IDS), and software firewall program if you run into sites like this often. Remember Flash has tons of updates though and can be annoying at times, so take it in stride. You might even have to go a step further and uninstall Flash and put it back on to clear out the hiccups that Flash gets every now and then.

Respectfully,
MacGuy47
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If it is a little bouncing Flash icon down by the trash, it is probably the legitimate update request.  I go to this page from Adobe to update mine.  http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Firefox and Safari 'may' use different versions of Flash and Chrome has it built-in and automatically updates it.
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arnoldCommented:
The next iteration of chromium (chrome and Opera) will be using the the PPAPI version of flash which Adobe from version 16 has began to release in addition to the ActiveX and Plug-in.
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beavoidAuthor Commented:
thanks
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