Goodbye Flash Player

Filed under: Internet Tips,Security - Dec 25 2020

Adobe Flash Player – not to be confused with Adobe (PDF) Reader – in the last decade had been the most common method of viewing video and animation files in the web browser. But the latest web coding standards includes the ability to play videos and animations natively – without the need for a browser extension or add-on.

In July 2017 Adobe announced it would no longer support Flash Player at the end of 2020, and recently all major web browsers have blocked or completely removed the ability to play Flash content. Around that time many security vulnerabilities plagued the software and it became a common vector for spreading malware through the computer browser.

What can you do if the web content you are trying to view says it requires Flash Player? Nothing – it’s up to the website developer to reprogram the site with modern standards that doesn’t require Flash Player.