Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

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Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:00 am

Very interesting. I've had Flash set on "Ask first" for a few months because it's gotten so annoying but now they're turning it off altogether because of security vulnerabilities. The article says you won't have the option to turn it on, but the page it's on had a giant Flash ad or something that I had to use my Back button to get rid of. But I did have an option to turn it on, whatever it was.

It's nice to see them taking the action but it's going to create big problems for web sites. Most of the videos you see, including the ones here, use it.

New York (CNNMoney) — Adobe Flash, the much-loathed, bug-plagued relic of a browser plugin, just got a big nail driven into its coffin.

Mozilla blocked Flash by default in its Firefox browser late Monday (July 13) night, a day after Facebook's security chief called for Adobe to kill Flash once and for all.

The Flash-bashing picked up last week after revelations that the spyware giant known as the Hacking Team had been using Flash to remotely take over people's computers and infect them with malware. (That discovery took place after the Hacking Team was itself hacked. Documents revealed in the breach showed that the Hacking Team exploited two critical vulnerabilities in Flash's code.)

"It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash," tweeted Facebook security chief Alex Stamos on Sunday (July 12).

Mozilla's support chief Mark Schmidt quickly followed suit by tweeting that all versions of Flash had been turned off in Firefox. That means Firefox users will not be able to turn on the plug-in to access Flash content – they'll have to seek out another browser if they need to use Flash.

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Re: Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

Post by Hanna » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:07 pm

I keep getting ads, including on this site, about the need to update Flash..

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Re: Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:56 pm

Don't click it. Adobe wouldn't be buying ad space to tell you that.

Now I see that Firefox has changed the wording in their alert bar. Now it says it's prevented the "outdated" plugin 'Adobe Flash' from running. Cold.
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Re: Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

Post by pattywannamack » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:53 pm

I was kind of curious about this. Flash seems to want to constantly update so I just thought it was another iteration from Adobe.

Firefox is my favorite browser, but between this and them switching the default search to Yahoo! they are beginning to bug me.

I want a browser that just functions and is consistent. Not something that will change on the whims of whatever idealistic vision for the internet they happen to have.
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Re: Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:20 pm

...something that will change on the whims of whatever idealistic vision for the internet they happen to have.
Boyohboyohboy! You got the webmaster's view of Google in one sentence there. Six months ago it was mobile-friendliness (we're good there), this week it's "local"-friendliness (We aren't a business and we don't advertize, We can't possibly do that.).

As a site owner, I really don't like Google so I figured I'd give Yahoo a try. I lasted about a month. It just isn't as good. Bing's a little better, though. And I really, really don't like the new version of Google maps but Bing doesn't have street view. :steam:

I highly recommend at least setting any browser's Flash setting to "Ask." There are too many vulnerabilities. Always have been - and it might help with some of the more annoying ads and auto-play videos. And it frees up some memory. No idea if I get paid for ad views on the ones that having it turned off blocks but maybe this will send a message to advertisers to stop using it. But my (and many other site owners') thoughts on the state of web ads is another rant for another day.
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