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Final nail in the coffin for Flash?

In the light of recently leaked documents which indicate Flash Player has serious security flaws, top web companies have started to take action.

Just last week Facebook’s Security Chief Alex Stamos called for “Adobe Flash to be taken out behind the shed by a shotgun-wielding world”. That sounds drastic but Adobe Flash must face up to a world where it isn’t relevant.

Following on from Stamos’s comments, Mozilla’s Firefox has acted on the recent revelations by blocking the Adobe Flash Player plugin by default. The news was announced by Head of Mozilla Firefox support Mark Schmidt on Twitter.

BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now. https://t.co/4SjVoqKPrR #tech #infosec pic.twitter.com/VRws3L0CBW

— Mark Schmidt (@MarkSchmidty) July 14, 2015

The leaked documents revealed that there are at least three zero-day vulnerabilities in Flash. To many in the web industry this would most likely come as very little surprise, with many dropping the use of Flash many years ago when Apple completely stopped the supporting Flash in all their devices as of 2010. At the time, the late Steve Jobs gave his thoughts on Flash in an open letter in which he explained his thoughts on the outdated and unsuitable Flash and its lack of innovation on touch screen devices.

Mozilla have followed Apples lead and explained that “Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version” which Mark Schmidt clarified in a tweet earlier this week.

To be clear, Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version which isn’t being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities.

— Mark Schmidt (@MarkSchmidty) July 14, 2015

So this may not be the absolute final nail in the coffin for Flash after all but this is surely a sign for a Flash death to come, be it a slow or fast one. It’s worth looking at your IOS and seeing if Flash is supported and then taking steps to protect yourself. To help, follow the guidelines below;

What can you do to protect yourself against flash players security issues?

Here’s a simple step by step process to disable flash.

If you are on a pc:

If you are on Mac, you are able to uninstall Flash player using an uninstaller.

If you are using an Apple Mac:

http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg

http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player_osx_10.4.dmg

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