Adobe Flash has been an internet staple since 1996, but all support will end in 2020 – here is what that means for your business.
For a very long period of time, Adobe Flash Player was the most widely-used plugin across all browsers.
Every animation that you saw, many web apps and games were created to use Adobe Flash and whole websites were even built using Flash.
Even video sharing giants YouTube once based their platform on Flash, highlighting how big the Adobe juggernaut once was.
It was mainstream software that could play and stream video, audio, multimedia and Rich Internet Applications on both computers and mobile devices.
But in recent years the decline has been pronounced and now the Adobe Flash end-of-life is at our doorstep
There can be several arguments presented as to why Flash is redundant and has been superseded by better software.
But at the end of the day, security is what has caused Flash to reach the end.
Remember, this was a product that first went live in the mid-1990s when the security concerns were nowhere near what they are today.
Adobe has moved at a slow pace to meet critical vulnerabilities and the patching process is also fairly complicated.
Web developers have been abandoning Flash for years now because the security concerns are way too much of a risk in an era where cybercrime is spiking through the roof.
Adobe Flash is already being phased out but will be completely blocked by major browsers including Chrome at the end of 2020.
If you are concerned that you still have the Flash plugin activated and are worried about the security concerns that come with, check the plugins section in your browser and disable it manually if required.
Pretty much every software developer (like Ionyx) and web designer worth their salt walked away from Flash a long time ago.
In terms of browsing, most websites have also shifted away from Flash because of security concerns and the inevitable end of life.
Programming language HTML5 has effectively taken over where Flash left off, boasting much stronger security, fewer backdoors and greater ease of patching.
So unless you are moderating or trying to view a page that has not been updated since the mid-2000s, the transition should be seamless for all internet users.