Looks like Adobe Flash will finally meet its demise.
Google Chrome Browser is already set to kick the most infamous software, known for its troublesome bugs and recurrent security flaws, into submission this year. The team behind the most renowned web browser restated its commitment to dumping the multimedia-friendly software by 2017.
According to a blog, the browser is set to block majority of Flash-enabled websites – comprising 90% of the World Wide Web – beginning this September. The team also pointed out the replacement for Flash, HTML5, as the default media for Chrome by December. Sites that support Flash will require a user’s permission to run.
The Story So Far …
Flash, as elaborated by Anthony LaForge – curator of Flash for Chrome– in his blog, “has played a pivotal role in the adoption of video, gaming and animation on the Web”.
But with innovations in technology, changes should also be made to give our users a new kind of experience, he added.
As with HTML5, the team boasted its improved security feature, reduced power consumption and finally, faster page loading while giving users the experience of a safer and power-efficient browsing on their devices.
Also, improvements in web responsiveness and efficiency were some of its benefits – things that rivaled Flash’s overall performance in the decades of its existence.
It’s Been a Long Time Coming
The battle to push Adobe Flash out of the web stage is a long time coming. Google Chrome already began its crusade of banning Flash-based ads a year ago, been aggressive for its intention to phase them out earlier this year, and already presented a plan for its complete elimination.
High-profile tech companies are also following suit. Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox already made plans to fade-out Flash from its environment.
Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, also bashed the buggy software and articulated the need to dump the software last year. He also reflected the late Apple founder Steve Jobs’ complaints and decisions not to include Flash on their products like the iPhone.
Even Adobe, its owner, has seen the signs of its ultimate downfall and made a big step in ending their most hated software.
You might wonder why there’s so much hate for Flash. While Flash has been used by more than a million people around the world to watch videos, play games, etc., the overall complaints gathered by IT Services Australia comes from its flawed security. Flash has become a popular vector to initiate attacks to its users such as infecting Flash-based advertising banners, browser games, exploit vulnerabilities of readers, such as Adobe Reader, by using PDF documents to drop ransomware or other varieties of malware.
Also, its cookies feature is also used to gain sensitive information from users such as passwords and account details. IT Support Australia also recommends to turn off the plug-in in their browsers to avoid any security complications, but at the cost of disabling all Flash-based content.
Most of all, its performance introduces implications such as battery usage in mobile phones.
The Time Has Come
Flash have helped us experience the rich, dynamic world of the Web and helped shape the state of the modern web. Many hated it because of its flaws. But it’s no reason to hate it even more. But, frankly, Google and other tech giants really made a good decision.
As more people demand new experience from technologies, companies will have to expand outside their comfort zones. As what Glenda Cloud said, “Change is Inevitable. Growth is Intentional”.
But, seriously, it’s time to let go of Flash. It’s HTML5’s moment to take the center stage.