Adobe Flash Player has seen its popularity decline rapidly in the last few years – all because of the numerous security issues that plaque it such as its helping hackers getting control over devices and stealing important data from them.
It’s been two decades since Flash Player was released to the player, enabling people to watch video content and play games on millions of websites. However, since Adobe has put its attention in fixing the vulnerabilities previously, the player has been a target of well-known hackers.
For that reason, Google is not going to support the controversial player in its Chrome web browser in the near future. Lack of Google supports means a huge loss for Adobe.
Adobe is constantly finding issues with its Flash Player and attempts to fix the vulnerabilities as they become realized. However, the company is never going to solve all the issues… regardless of the number of updates it releases. It won’t be long before HTML 5 takes Adobe’s place – many websites have begun switching over to it because it’s far more reliable.
Google made the switch to HTML 5 already for its YouTube video-sharing website after Flash Player’s constant problems. And, many websites are going to follow Google’s example and stop using the Flash Player themselves. While Google will no longer over it in their Chrome browser, the problem is that many websites are still using the software. If things are not quickly turned to HTML 5, bigger issues could arise from the plugin.
Researchers learned that Flash Player’s multiple vulnerabilities make it easy for hackers to exploit and infect devices using ransomware, making users pay money to get their files back.
In the latest Adobe Flash Player update, the company addressed the zero-day flaw and more than 20 precarious vulnerabilities.