Amidst the serious security issues thrown against the Adobe Flash Player, you might wonder why browser providers are still quite determined to continue in supporting the app at all costs. According to some people, its existence is probably due to self-preservation and politics in information technology.
In fact, director at the security institute SANS, James Lyne, agree with such a theory about the survival of Flash, stating that one of the main reasons why the app is still widely supported is its place and age in IT history. He said, “Flash has a long legacy for use in producing certain types of media and players. Years ago it was really the only show in town if you wanted to produce certain types of animation, interactive content or streaming video. Today with modern browsers and standards, particularly HTML5 it has less clear delivery value. Even Adobe has admitted that Flash is a dead end, but it sticks around for legacy purposes.”
Agreeing with Lyne is David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. He said that the ongoing existence of Flash is because it has been around for so long that it has become the default software for many websites and would be too huge to fail.
However, Flash is being replaced by HTML5 at a rapid rate as a core coding language for the internet, becoming the preferred choice among many developers when they create web pages and smart applications. HTML5 is even listed by prominent players in the world wide web, such as Google and Mozilla, as a thing that holds the future of the internet. But amidst this trend, some people are still relying on Flash, which forces users to install and enable the player in their browsers in order to see content.
Aside from the aspect of web browsing, many private and government institutions use online solutions that are built on Flash, which entails that the Adobe Flash Player is unlikely to be laid to rest any time soon.