Microsoft And Google Start Slowly Strangling Adobe Flash To Death – Forbes

For years, tech writers have been announcing the impending demise of the Adobe Flash plug-in. It’s still not dead heading in to 2017, but Microsoft and Google are getting ready to introduce changes that will accelerate the process.

Image:Lee Mathews/Forbes

Image:Lee Mathews/Forbes

They’re going to disable Flash by default in their browsers. You’ll still be able to play a Flash-based game or stream a video, you’re just going to have to tell your browser that you really want to do it.

This is a very, very good thing. There are a number of reasons why, including improved battery life on laptops. The most important reason, however, is that Flash is still a cybercriminal’s favorite way to attack your web browser.  2016 was a banner year for Flash-based exploits.

Keeping Flash up-to-date still isn’t enough to keep you safe. It’s time to shut it down.

Say Hello To Click-To-Play

Starting in January, Google will flip the switch on “click-to-play” in Chrome. When you land on a page that wants to load Flash content, Chrome will alert you. You’ll be able to approve or deny that request, and Chrome will remember your choices on a per-site basis.

As time goes on, they’ll start using something they call your “site engagement index” to minimize the number of times Chrome prompts you to enable Flash.

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