Adobe’s bloated, insecure Flash must die

“Adobe Flash — that insecure, ubiquitous resource hog everyone hates to need — is under siege, again, and hopefully for the last time,” Brian Barrett reports for Wired. ” The latest calls for its retirement come from some of the Internet’s most powerful players, but if the combined clattering of Facebook, Firefox, and a legion of unsatisfied users isn’t enough finally to put it in the ground, scroll down to see how to axe it from your devices yourself.”

“Why would you want to?” Barrett reports. “Because Flash is a closed, proprietary system on a web that deserves open standards. It’s a popular punching bag for hackers, which puts users at risk over and over again. And it’s a resource-heavy battery suck that at this point mostly finds its purchase in pop-up ads you didn’t want to see anyway.”

“This week, in the wake of newly discovered vulnerabilities in Flash, Facebook security boss Alex Stamos called for a termination date for Flash, and late Monday night Mozilla disabled all current versions of the plug-in by default in its Firefox browser,” Barrett reports. “That doesn’t mean this is the end … yet. Facebook still uses Flash to play video on some browsers, and Firefox reintroduced Flash support on Tuesday when a secure update arrived. The point is clear, though: Flash is officially more trouble than it’s worth. And it has been for some time.”

More info, including how to ditch Flash, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs was right yet again, of course.

Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc… We strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.

Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads… The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content… New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too).Steve Jobs, April 2010

SEE ALSO:
How to uninstall Adobe’s Flash from your Mac – July 13, 2015
Free: How to kill Flash on your Mac – August 11, 2014
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right about Adobe’s Flash – May 2, 2011
Steve Jobs posts rare open letter: Thoughts on Flash – April 29, 2010

22 Comments

    1. I have used a Flash blocker for years but kept Flash on my Mac for years just in case. I finally remove Flash for good yesterday. I even wrote the BBC to request that they remove Flash from their site (I surf there all the time).

  1. As much as I want Flash to go away, I need to keep it on my Mac, and to update it frequently.

    Unfortunately, I use a couple of web sites that insist on requiring the latest Flash in order to work.

  2. Unfortunately, anyone using Internet Explorer less than 9.x can’t fully use HTML5 video. Thus as a publisher with a significant amount of our traffic coming from these people, we still have to support Flash. We do offer all of our content in HTML5 along with mobile versions of our site, but if someone has Flash installed, it defaults to that in order to catch the non-HTML5 people

    I’d really like to see Microsoft kill off Explorer all together, but realistically, if they were to kill off support for versions less than 9.x, they’d really be advancing the Internet quite a bit.

    1. By the way, this is happening come January 12, 2016. After that date Microsoft will no longer support Explorer less than 9.x except for embedded systems (which really don’t count from most publishers perspectives).

      So expect to see a huge drop in supporting Flash after January 12, 2016, as content networks like mine can claim that we’re not supporting browsers that are no longer supported by their developer.

  3. The only way to kill it is to convince the owners of the websites to stop using it. If the industry wants it to die, QUIT USING IT to deliver content. If there is no market for it, Adobe will stop spending money to keep it running.

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