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As one of the biggest applications to be used during its release, Adobe Flash Player is also a favorite platform for hackers to exploit in order to steal information or to infect computers with virus and malware. This is why it has to be constantly updated to fix bugs and mitigate further exploitation. The most recent update is the Adobe Flash Player download for Windows and Mac.

But even with such efforts, the application is soon to be blocked on browsers. Google has revealed its plans to kill Flash Player except for top 10 domains that will be accepted until the end of 2016. These include Amazon, Facebook, Twitch, Yahoo and YouTube. The tech giant will continue to support Flash for the top 10 domains, but they will be reviewed periodically. In the event that one of the websites no longer warrants an exception, it will be removed from the list.

But why would Google kill Adobe Flash Player after 20 years of existence?

  • As previously mentioned, it is the most widely attacked software, with each new update never without bugs and issues. It’s not that people in Adobe are not doing something about bugs, but Google is likely doing them a favor. Give them a break from all the hard work involved in protecting users from hackers and bugs.
  • Google is scrapping Adobe Flash Player in exchange for HTML5. HTML5 by Default is said to be the tech giant’s strategy to remove Flash from its browser. Many believe that Google started to wean the web off of flash when it stopped the application in Chrome for non-central content.
  • Google is working for “an industry-wide transition to open web standards”, which includes using HTML5. Given that HTML5 loads faster and consumes less power, no one can blame Google for blocking flash on Chrome.

The good news is, especially for people who relies on Flash, Google can’t completely eliminate it from Chrome just yet. After all, flash is still used in areas of web gaming, education and premium videos. In an email statement, Adobe said, “the responsible thing for Adobe to do is to continue to support Flash with updates and fixes, as we help the industry transition…to build with new web standards.”

Until then, it is highly recommended that automatic updates for Adobe Flash Player is set. This way, any bugs would be automatically fixed, and any intent to infect would be prevented before it happens.

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