Adobe Flash Player has been something that was considered a standard for a very long time. It still is, for that matter, as the only alternative, HTML5/HTML5.1 is still considered below Adobe’s product in terms of efficiency. However, in this article we will be taking a look not at how far ahead of competition Flash is, but rather how necessary or reliable Flash is today.
As some may know, Adobe Flash Player is installed and implemented to your internet browser of choice, and is catalogued as an add-on. All add-ons are susceptible to external threats. Attacks can be initiated against you through Add-ons. Think of add-ons as a niche hackers can utilize to get into your otherwise well guarded setup, like an actual crack in the wall which they can slip through.
As add-ons represent security liabilities, we must ask ourselves how important is Flash, and is it worth the risk? May it not be interpreted as saying that having Flash will automatically put a bullseye on your forehead, followed by an impending hacker attack. Far from that, however the question of necessity still stands.
Adobe Flash Player has seen a considerable decrease in popularity in recent times, with more and more people choosing to ditch Flash when browsing. On mobile devices, Flash isn’t that great to begin with, as some devices like Apple’s smartphone and the afferent operating system iOS don’t even support flash. They seem to be doing just fine without it though, and that could be used as an anchoring point for a Flashless perspective.
There are also Windows PC users that have decided to disable Flash, since it also improved with performance and loading times in everyday browsing. By going to the Plugins section of your browser’s settings, you can disable Flash and all Flash content from being displayed on websites. Not having all the Flash content on the to-do list can greatly help browsers out, especially on lower end machines,
If you do however decide to keep using Flash, make sure you always have the latest version. An updated plugin reduces the risks of an attack drastically, while outdated plugins are major gateways for hackers. If you do not want to keep having to return to the Flash website and download a new version, you can opt for a browser like Google Chrome, which updates Flash automatically without you having to move a muscle.
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