How many times have you heard about the death of Flash? But years removed from the first announcement of Flash’s demise, we are still reading about security vulnerabilities associated with that supposedly dying technology. Why is that the case? The simplest answer that can be given is that there is still a user base large enough to warrant the continued existence of Adobe’s much loathed Flash Player. It doesn’t help that a lot of the product’s clients tend to be big-name companies such as BBC, NBC, and Hulu.
Shining star of the internet
Flash was the darling of the World Wide Web. It was hard to imagine a world without the existence of Flash. Who can forget The Dancing Baby video? How about the Llama Song? Do you even remember Badger Badger Badger? How were we supposed to enjoy these animated clips if the technology simply didn’t exist back then?
There’s no denying that Flash made a lot of multimedia web content possible, but sadly enough, it couldn’t seem to overcome certain humps. It’s even sadder that the obstacles couldn’t deal with were deal breakers: security and resource consumption.
Today, many video consumers use video sharing sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo for hours upon hours of user-uploaded content – some big-name companies has also embraced the sharing of videos from popular TV shows, music videos, and news segments on these platforms.
Still existing in a world that has largely shunned it
Adobe Flash Player had its time, but that has sadly long passed. Today, YouTube and similar sites have taken over the perch that Flash occupied years before. Flash is also slowly being pushed out the door thanks to HTML5 and all that it can bring: better security and even better features.
Chrome, one of the most used web browsers, has disabled Flash. Former big-name users like iHeartRadio have slowly moved on. However, there still remain a few big names that continue Flash usage. The reason could be pinned down to this: it’s harder for big sites to simply dump and adapt. In short, it takes time but pressure from users – especially those who want to view content on non-Flash supported devices – will ultimately force supporters to make a switch.
For now, users who want a more secure environment while browsing the web can just turn off Flash (if they have it installed in their system).