Adobe Flash Player is a service that has been in the crosshair for several years now. Before things intensified and got to the point they’re at right now, Adobe’s Flash service was the default solution across all media platforms. However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t criticized or even warned about potential dangers.
Flash was declared the “most frequently exploited” service two years ago, and things haven’t gotten any better for Flash. Over the years, the technology on which it is based grew older and older, to the point where now we are looking at a multiple decade old piece of tech that is trying to hold on (to its cane). The results of this endeavor haven’t been favorable so far, with more and more attacks compromising both Flash’s security and integrity.
The growing threat of exploit kits in general didn’t help Adobe’s cause either, with many of 2016’s most notorious exploit targeting Flash on multiple occasions. Some of the culprits were RIG, Neutrino, Sundown and even Magnitude. They were all involved in Flash’s downfall, with many others alongside them.
Flash is now being shunned from all sides. The social media platforms aren’t showing Flash much love these days, we people taking the time and opportunity to bash the service due to its increasingly dangerous baked in usage risks.
One of the focal points of Flash’s demise was the moment Google decided to remove it from its Chrome browser. Initially a default choice that came preloaded with Chrome, Flash is now just an alternative for HTML5, used only on websites that have not yet switched to the latter. Chrome isn’t the only browser to renounce Flash in the process. The latest member of the “ We hate Flash” club is Microsoft’s Microsoft Edge browser. Despite its older sibling Internet Explorer still using Flash (pretty much the only widely known browser to still do), Edge is an advocate of HTML5 over Flash and doesn’t even include it in its download kit.
While there are still some that hope to see Flash return to a form of glory, the reality simply rejects the idea and will probably see Adobe’s service fall into a state of obsolete sooner than later.