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Flash Player Might Soon Become History

During the past couple of days, whenever I surfed the Internet on my PC using my favorite browser, Mozilla Firefox, I got confronted with a recurrent message which appeared on various sites I opened: Flash Player was blocked by Mozilla and I had to allow it manually on each site. At first I thought there was something wrong with my computer, but after doing a little research I realized that I had nothing to worry about because Firefox has indeed blocked Flash player until its vulnerabilities and security issues are solved by Adobe. In fact, Flash has become so obsolete that it seems that its fate is sealed, so I feel tempted to follow the advice I found in the article below and simply get rid of Flash Player for good:

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/adobe-flash-player-die/

I still haven’t made up my mind about uninstalling Flash Player because I noticed there were plenty of videos I couldn’t see during these past couple of days unless I allowed it to function, so I guess I will wait for a while and see whether the updates to the player that Adobe has recently released will save the situation. However, I have the feeling that Flash Player is already a thing of the past, an outdated element that is destined to retire after a long and mostly illustrious career!


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VinceSummers wrote on July 15, 2015, 3:03 PM

Mozilla has pulled this kind of thing before. I always override them. Adobe is no slouch when it comes to internet software.

CoralLevang wrote on July 15, 2015, 3:12 PM

I have seen this running through Chrome, too. A lot of fails.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 15, 2015, 3:39 PM

It crashes a lot. They need to fix it or make something better that is for sure

Kasman wrote on July 15, 2015, 5:09 PM

SebastianOnciu - Chrome has also been running warnings about this and after reading the article you linked to I have disabled this plugin. So far the only problem I have seen is that certain adverts won't load on Persona Paper. I think elitecodex needs to look at this matter.

PS: I have just realised something! If certain adverts are no longer visible to members who disable this plugin will this affect advertising revenue? And what about our payouts - since disabling this plugin has a similar effect to using an AdBlocker will we still get paid? I have emailed admin on this matter.

Last Edited: July 15, 2015, 6:14 PM

morilla wrote on July 15, 2015, 6:11 PM

It's not entirely up to him would be my guess. Ads are a feed and not necessarily controlled by the site. I suspect the same is true with the CAPTCHA; i.e., some of them don't run without Flash Player either. This is part of the discussion. Despite what some of these authors claim about HTML 5 and any site using Flash Player being 'antiquated,' there are A LOT of feeds and sites which still utilize it.

MegL wrote on July 15, 2015, 6:38 PM

So that's why it seems to be on the way out!

AliCanary wrote on July 16, 2015, 11:26 AM

I wonder what else would be a good choice if we were to uninstall it? I'm really sick of always having to install updates for it.

Kasman wrote on July 16, 2015, 3:41 PM

Apparently the problem has been solved - or very soon will be. Found this article about it:

http :// www . theregister . co . uk / 2015 / 07 / 14 / adobe _ flash _ patch _ tuesday /

it gives links to other relevant articles but it would seem that Adobe are on top of the problem and Mozilla will unblock it from Firefox.

Last Edited: July 16, 2015, 3:45 PM

Kasman wrote on July 16, 2015, 3:46 PM

See my reply to Morilla above