Back in July 2017, Adobe confirmed flash wouldn’t continue to be supported or distributed beyond 2020. This was over a year ago, yet we’re still running into web-pages requiring it.
For a lot of people flash died a long time ago. In 2010 Steve Jobs publicly criticised Flash for its poor performance & security and announced it wouldn’t be allowed to work at all on iOS. Since then there has been a sharp -80% decline in overall usage over the past decade. This is also thanks to browsers like Chrome and Firefox making it an opt-in system where users have to manually allow flash to operate on a page. Android dumped flash in 2012.
It’s been a sharp slide from powering most of the internet to becoming almost completely obsolete. Adobe finally conceded last year that Flash was dying fast and wouldn’t be supported or distributed beyond 2020.
With 2020 fast approaching and the lack of support from major browsers and devices, the 5% of the web still relying on it need to dump it and move on.
The main issue with Flash
It would have to be the poor security. It presents a large hole for exploiters to easily enable attacks, with all desktop platforms copping major hits. It offers little in the way of preventative security measures.
With Flash dying, most developers moved on years ago. Open standards like HTML5 allow developers to achieve the same objectives while offering far greater in the way of security, performance and support.
Still using Flash on your website?
With Adobe planning Flash’s funeral and lack of support from browsers and operating systems, there is no reason to continue using Flash on your website. People are increasingly unlikely to be able to view it. Still using it? Do yourself a favour and contact us to rid your website of it!