Adobe Flash Player is nothing new to any avid internet user. In fact, the application has been here for the past two decades, offering internet users with the ability to play video content or even games when browsing the web.
In essence, the web has a lot to with Adobe Flash Player since most websites are built on this platform. Despite the fact that millions of websites are based on this player, Adobe has been unable to keep the platform secure enough. The application has been the subject of attacks from malicious hackers in the recent past, something that Adobe seems to be struggling to take care of.
Holes are discovered every now and then, something that has forced the company to rollout updates on a regular basis. Still, the application can’t beat the power of HTML5, which is the new player that is threatening to take the place of Adobe Flash Player. Even though Adobe is really working hard to fix the problems the platform is going through, this is probably too late as major companies have already started making the switch.
One of the leading companies as far as online video streaming is concerned is YouTube. While playing videos on this platform heavily depended on Flash Player, Google terminated this relationship sometimes back and instead turned to HTML5. It is just a matter of time before other players take the same route. In a recent announcement, Google has also made it clear that it will soon be discontinuing support for this troubled player in Chrome web browser.
This will represent a huge loss for Adobe considering that Google Chrome is one of the most used web browsers around the world. Discontinuing support for Adobe Flash Player on this platform will mean other websites that still depend on the player will have to rush things and make the switch to HTML5.
Adobe Flash Player is the most targeted plugin
According to researchers’ reports, Adobe’s Flash Player is the most targeted plugin by attackers. This is basically because the platform is used by millions of websites in addition to the fact that hackers somehow find it easy to play around with the platform.
While Adobe is struggling to solve this problem, many are beginning to take advantage of the new HTML5. In addition, Chrome has already enabled the ability to block Adobe Flash Player, which is just one way of ensuring that your personal data is secure and safe from exploits courtesy of the Flash Player. You can always enable the blocked player in order to play some content of your choice.