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Flash can run, but if Google Chrome has its way, another nail will be driven into the coffin of the software. The slow, painful death of Flash is getting close to torture. Pull the plug already…
Later this year, Chrome will block all Flash content by default on nearly every website. Some have one-year exemptions, including Youtube, Twitch, Amazon and Facebook. But, time is ticking.
It’s not a complete death blow to Flash. Users will be prompted to enable the content on a site-by-site basis. Once checked, the site will be on an individual whitelist for future visits.
The blocking of the content affords users levels of protection against possible malicious code being injected and those terrible video ads. Yep, it will be sad to see the random Flash-based games go, but damn if we can’t blame the rise of Adblock on browser-crashing ads.
While you can select to enable Flash via the prompt, Chrome wants publishers to move to the HTML5 standard. If there is a backup, the user will not even receive the prompt. Google Chrome will immediately move to render the page in an HTML5 player.
Why is Flash Being Killed Off?
The biggest reason is Flash will destroy battery life. It’s a mobile world, and both software and hardware companies are looking for any savings. Add in the fact even Adobe is urging publishers and users to drop the player and it’s a recipe for a slow death for a former titan of the Internet.
Flash continues to be plagued with security flaws, making any pushback against Chrome’s plan unlikely at best. Instead, expect a celebration when the final bell tolls for the software and video player.
Chrome Settings to Block Flash
Don’t want to wait? You can disable Flash now inside Chrome. Head to the Chrome preferences page. Once there, look for privacy and then content settings. Buried beneath the mountain of clicks you’ll see an option “let me choose when to run plugin content.” Click it and it will enable the blocking feature. If you run across a site you want Flash to run on, right click on the media and choose the enable setting.
Or, you can wait for the Chrome update later this year. Google hasn’t finalized the rules of the proposal, but the company says “the tone and spirit should remain fairly consistent.”
Make the switch to HTML5 or start road mapping the transition in a hurry. Flash’s fall from grace may have been slow, but we are nearing the halfway point of 2016. Chrome is instituting the block inside of six months and already offers the option to do it now. When the creator of Flash (Adobe) says it’s time, you know the end is near.