A while ago, Adobe Flash was everywhere: on web pages, in presentations, in apps, and in games. But due to security problems, and after the arrival of HTML5, Flash has stopped shining and is now going to rest forever.
Last June, a malware for macOS disguised as Flash Player began to spread through Google search results.
On December 31st, we will not only say goodbye to the year of the pandemic, but we will also say goodbye to Flash. On that day, Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player.
Adobe announced its intention to discontinue Flash in July 2017, justifying its decision by thinking of open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly, which they have been developing in recent years and are a good alternative to Flash content.
Web browsers have also incorporated these standards and have disabled most of them. plug-ins (such as Adobe Flash Player).
Adobe said it would continue to release security patches for Flash Player on a regular basis and ensured compatibility with all operating systems and web browsers, but that in the early hours of December 31, 2020, Adobe would remove all download links.
Adobe will remove Flash Player download pages from your website and prevent Flash content from being viewed with Adobe Flash Player.
Adobe recommends using only the most recent version of your software. Users should not use Flash Player after the product has been discontinued, as Adobe will no longer support the program.
Additionally, users should not use any unauthorized versions of Flash Player offered on other websites after December 31, 2020. Adobe is not responsible for their use.
After its end of life on December 31, 2020, Adobe will no longer provide updates or security patches for Flash Player. Thus, Adobe recommends that all users uninstall Flash Player.
All Flash content will be blocked once the product is discontinued. Professional users should also know that they will receive updates to Adobe AIR and Flash Player from HARMAN for at least three years.
We recommend that you uninstall Flash on your Mac. For more information on keeping your Mac secure, check out our Mac security tips.
Original article published in Macwelt.