News: No More Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash Player Help announces end of life.

Years after Steve Jobs and YouTube banned it, Adobe Flash is finally at the end of the road. Even though updates kept coming until 8th Dec, 2020, the Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page just announced no more Adobe Flash.

Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player as of 31 December, 2020 and Adobe itself will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning 12 January, 2021. It’s not often you see Adobe recommending all users immediately uninstall one of it’s products, but that’s what they’ve said about Flash Player.

An opaque, non-compliant lump of proprietary technology, Flash should never have become the standard that it did. Why it’s taken so long to ditch this well-known and un-pluggable security hole remains a mystery.

Browser developers and major software platforms ditched it years ago, yet there are still websites, games and social media peddling Flash content and thousands of software downloads that come bundled with Flash Player automatically installed.

Don’t wait. Go to Control Panel, select Programs, Programs and Features. If you find Adobe F;lash or Flash Player listed, select Uninstall or Uninstall/Change. Then follow the directions on the screen to exterminate it. Not a moment too soon. AJS

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