Thursday, 11 August 2016

Google Chrome forced to end support for Adobe Flash this September

Adobe’s Flash Player has been an integral part of web browsing, that helps provides production of animations, games, etc, but often leads to an unstable browser experience and performance issues. It is not too uncommon to have a flash player crash on you when trying to load multimedia content on your browser; sometimes it reloads, and other times you are forced to kill the link.

In an attempt to do away with this hassle, GoogleChrome has decided to pivot away from Flash Player support, as shared on Google’s blog post.
Most sites are running on HTML 5 today, and Google plans to favour it while weaning itself off of Flash support. HTML5 improves security, makes for faster page load times and reduces power consumption. Chrome 53 will begin to block the kind of Flash, which loads behind the scene and slows down the browsing experience, starting this September. Not only browsers, but a lot of publishers have also switched over to HTML5 to speed up page loading, and improve responsiveness of sites.
The blog post also mentioned with Chrome 55, HTML 5 will become the default experience on Google Chrome (in December), except for sites that only support Flash content. For these websites, a prompt will be given to enable Flash for that particular website.
Mozilla just last month announced the end of support for Flash usage starting August 1. Flash has been used by attackers in the past to exploit security vulnerabilities. Firefox will continue supporting legacy Flash content, ad is only going to block content that isn’t essential to the user. Apple had blocked Flash from the Safari browser since the beginning, and Adobe itself stopped developing Flash Player for mobile devices back in 2011.
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