Starting from August 2016, Mozilla Firefox won’t support Adobe Flash content that doesn’t contribute to the user’s core experience. A previous and similar decision by Google for their Chrome browser might very well spell the end for Flash in the near future.
Mozilla’s move to block Flash comes amidst a disputed history of the well-known plug-in, as it has become a source of bugs and other vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Up until recently, Flash was being used for websites with video content and mini-games.
Many users acting on the advice of online security experts have uninstalled the app and replaced it with a similar software. Still, some popular websites, such as BBC, still require Flash in order to access its video content. Even Adobe advised users to uninstall its plug-in last December for security reasons, though not many are aware of the problems it poses.
In 2017, Mozilla Firefox will block Flash by default, requiring users to activate it manually. Invisible Flash content will be blocked as well. According to Mozilla, their decision will enhance security, increase page loading, browser responsiveness and the battery life of portable devices; They are confident that these benefits will justify limiting a user access to diehard Flash users, even if it’s for the general good and security of uninformed individuals.
Mozilla further advised sites that still use the current type of software for their video content such as Adobe’s, Flash, or Microsoft’s, Silverlight, to adopt HTML as a replacement as fast as possible in order to avoid any security breaches. These types of plug-ins are becoming increasingly unnecessary thanks to the improved capabilities of HTML5 such as streaming , 2D and 3D graphics and not to mention audio and video playback.
Popular websites, such as YouTube and Facebook have already started to use HTML5 as default for their video content. The decision was pretty well received by users thanks to very low crash rates of the respective sites when they tried to access it.
What do you think about Mozilla’s decision? Were you aware of the bugs and security problems of Adobe Flash ? Are you still using it?
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