Important Information If You Use Flash Or Firefox

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Over the past couple of weeks, a handful of major security holes have been found in Adobe Flash. This is the browser add-on which allows you to play videos on web sites. Or at least it used to be. Nowadays, most sites (including Youtube) have switched to HTML5 to handle video, so the number of sites which require Flash is not as great as it used to be.

To highlight just how serious a problem these Flash problems are, the latest version of Firefox, which also shipped in the last week or so, now blocks all Flash videos by default. Try to play a web-based video in Firefox and, if the video requires the Flash player, your video simply won't play.

So there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of, to ensure that your enjoyment of your PC continues while your security also remains intact. Firstly, if you use Firefox and it's set to auto-update, don't be surprised if video-heavy sites start to break. Or if video ads on sites don't play properly. You can change the setting in Firefox if you want, to re-enable Flash, but this is unwise unless you understand the risks. Much better to wean yourself off Flash, and hope that the rest of the industry does too.

Secondly, if you have Flash player installed on your PC, it's a good idea to remove it. You can do this from the control panel.

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Until all Flash game sites switch to Unity, I will keep using my install Flash player. Until YouTube and all video sites switch to something other than Flash, I shall keep the latest version of Flash installed on my desktop PC. I switched away from IE and Chrome (SRWare Iron) and to Firefox because it is the most secure for me. Rob, your advice is now being taken with a grain of salt.

This may work for you what I have done is unload flash and load an addon in firefox

"Open With Google Chrome"

Rob I don't think there is any data to support your claim that most sites have already switched to HTML5. The recent problems with Firefox are certainly going to accelerate the conversion however. I suspect most computer users are not willing to go cold turkey with flash at this time. At the various tech websites I've visited there is little being said about security issues with the other browsers related to flash. Would switching to IE or Chrome be an option until this issue gets resolved?

Chrome dropped support for Adobe Flash some time ago, and now uses only its own version.

It is re-enabled

https://twitter.com/firefox/status/621413497176461312

 

But I think you and Vic are right, see if you can get rid of it. It has been a problem on firefox for long time.

 

Vic already wrote an article about Flash:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-make-your-pc-safer-uninstalling-flash-player.htm