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Adobe Flash Player Implications for Online Security

Adobe has recently announced that it will stop supporting Flash Player and supports the rise of open standards such as HTML5 or WebGL. Since taking the decision, the American software company has been looking at other alternatives to help users enjoy multimedia content.

Transition plans are already happening

According to SecurityWeek, vendors and software firms are already testing their transition browsers. The Flash Player will reach its expiration date in 2020 and everyone needs to be prepared. Big corporations such as Microsoft, Google or Apple will most likely adapt and use new browsers. Microsoft has announced that it will remove Flash Player from Internet Explorer and Edge in 2019. Mozilla will also remove Flash from Firefox a year before.

Apple has not been using Flash Player for seven years now, while Facebook will probably turn its attention to HTML5.

Flash Player has had security-related incidents

Flash Player has had many security issues such as phishing schemes, backdoor programs or zero-day attacks. Some defend the freeware software claiming that hackers and online criminals had plenty of time over the years to discover Flash Player’s vulnerabilities.

Fortune reported that Adobe will still provide security patches for Flash Player so as to improve technological safety by 2020.

Sources such as Wired claimed that the security issues were not the only causes behind Adobe’s decision to end Flash Player. Another reason would be the fact that developers have started to use other alternatives less proprietary and better suited to smartphones and other touchscreen devices.

Gizmodo wrote about a developer who demanded that Adobe frees Flash Player so that others can fix its bugs and ensure continuity. This would bring huge implications for all developers worldwide and for general users as well.

Until then, Adobe is to stop offering security support for three more years, while the world explores alternatives.

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