One of the riskiest, but most used programs you can have on any of your devices is Adobe Flash Player. Why is it so risky? Hackers are always attempting to gain access to computers by tapping into the player’s vulnerabilities. And, it’s why many web browsers have decided it’s time to protect their users from the Flash Player risks.
Google Chrome is one browser to take that step. Back in August, the Chrome team announced it would start to phase out Flash Player. In 2015, the company configured Flash content to be click-to-play, but with Chrome 53’s release, it started to block the behind-the-scenes content. In December, Chrome 55 will start using HTML5 for its default option. Sites that use Flash only will still ask users to download and install Flash to view the content.
Mozilla also changed how it used Adobe Flash Player in its Firefox browser. In July, the team said it would start to block Flash content that didn’t help the user experience such as ads and behind-the-scenes programs. The team said all Flash content would become click-to-play in 2017. Therefore, if you want to play Flash-based games or watch Flash-based videos, you need to give it permission before they load.
In other words, both browsers have done the work for you. You just need to enable Flash on sites you trust so you can see their content. And, if you do use Adobe Flash Player, you need to download the updates from the company’s main website to ensure your system stays secure.
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