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By 2017, Mozilla will be blocking Flash Player content that is not essential to the user’s experience. The company said that it will also turn off invisible Flash content by default. The media player will still live inside the Firefox browser, but Mozilla will require a “click to activate” approval if one wishes to use the plugin.

Blocking Flash content that is categorized as non-essential is reported to begin by August this year. This news may not come as much of a surprise to many since Mozilla has been going after Adobe Flash Player since 2015. Sometime in September last year, Mozilla enabled less Flash content on Firefox web pages. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have also made moves to switch off Flash, although Google will also still support the plugin in Chrome but, like Firefox, will require authorization if one wishes to use the media player for a certain site.

Mozilla said it is making this move to enhance security, improve battery life, load pages faster, and improve browser responsiveness. The web has been migrating to HTML5 and slowly abandoning Adobe Flash Player due to the performance issues and security problems the latter has posed. The plugin is known to be a popular source of bugs, making it common for hackers to exploit this weakness. And with HTML5 being able to handle 2D and 3D graphics, streaming, media playback, access to camera and microphone, and video chats, there is less reason for the web to rely on AFP.

There are still some websites that require Adobe Flash Player so their content can be viewed. Mozilla has advised these sites to migrate to HTML technologies as soon as possible. Adobe said it is still committed to continuing to develop their media player, even releasing recent patches for Adobe Flash Player, but the company is also moving toward HTML5.