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Adobe Flash May Soon End On Google Chrome

By August 31, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

AdobeXFlashXMayXBeXEndedXSoonXOnXGoogleXChromeAdobe’s beleaguered Flash player may finally be seeing its last days, at least if Google has anything to say about it. The player has been exceedingly popular, and at its peak, a vast number of websites relied on it heavily to display content and advanced features to website visitors.

Unfortunately, in recent years, a number of critical security flaws have been uncovered, and although Adobe has been extremely responsive when it comes to patching them, they’re cropping up faster than the company can deal with them. Increasingly developers have been moving away from using the player, lest they create vulnerabilities that even a novice hacker can easily exploit and gain access to business systems.

Although Adobe itself has been more interested in fixing the flawed player, several big name tech companies, including both Google and Apple, have clearly had enough. When Google releases its next version of its Chrome web browser (Chrome 55), it will dramatically alter the way it handles Flash, only utilizing it when absolutely necessary, and as a last resort. HTML 5 will be picking up the slack in that regard, which is a strategy that closely resembles what Apple is doing with its Safari web browser in coming months.

What this means for you as a small business owner is simple. If you have legacy systems that rely on Flash, now is the time to begin making plans to find or develop another solution. Doing so will not only make the web pages you have that currently utilize Flash technology safer, more secure, and less prone to hacking, but in the months ahead, an increasing number of companies will follow Google and Apple’s lead and make it harder to utilize Flash features, or simply abandon the platform altogether.

If you’re not sure whether or not your firm currently relies on Flash, and you’re not certain how to proceed, give us a call today. One of our knowledgeable staff members can help review your company’s current position as it relates to Flash, and help you design a plan to move away from it.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.