What is Adobe Flash Player? Is it safe to download?

Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing animations and movies using computer programs such as a Web browser.

Adobe Flash is the authoring environment and Flash Player is the "virtual machine" used to run Flash files, but in colloquial language these have become mixed: "Flash" can mean the authoring environment, the player, or the application files.

Flash Player is not only the most widely distributed piece of software on the Internet today, it's also one of the most secure. Given that Flash Player is in use by millions of internet users, Adobe invests considerable effort in keeping Flash Player safe and secure.