This Year Chrome Will Block Flash Content For Your Safety
Gareth Andrews / 5 years ago
Over the years, we’ve constantly reported on one security flaw after another when it comes to Flash. As a popular system to provide content to site viewers, websites often use the software for everything from videos to interactive content and with more and more bugs reported it would seem that the internet wants to switch to something more secure, with Chrome looking to blog flash content within the year.
The new plans as detailed by Google would see Flash content being blocked by default for all but the top 10 sites visited which use flash, giving them an extra year before flash content on their sites also becomes blocked by default. This includes the likes of Amazon, Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, hoping to stop problems for users who are slow on picking up the latest versions and any issues that come from the change.
Instead of Flash, sites are being encouraged to switch to HTML 5, an alternative that Chrome will begin defaulting to if a site has its content available in the new format. With flash not only being a security risk but also known to drain battery life on mobile devices such as phones and laptops at an alarming rate, many will be happy to not only block flash but to get rid of the software altogether.