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Latest Chrome Update Prefers HTML5 to Flash

By December 15, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

latestxchromeChrome 55 has officially been released, and with its roll-out, the aging, security-ridden Flash Player takes another step closer to the dust bin of history.

The internet unquestionably benefited greatly from Flash back in the early days. It was a transformative technology that allowed websites to display graphics more effectively, and gave WebMasters the ability to implement complex effects, both of which were pivotal to the internet’s early development.

These days, however, HTML5 has eclipsed Flash in terms of functionality, and that combined with the fact that Flash has almost too many critical security vulnerabilities to count has caused it to lose favor in recent years.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now, and an increasing number of companies have been taking steps to slowly wean the web off of its use.

For Chrome’s part, the new release implements some important changes in the way it deals with Flash. By default, it doesn’t. Flash is only activated based on need. If you regularly visit a website that makes use of Flash, it will work for you as it always has.

If you only occasionally visit a Flash-heavy website, you’ll get a prompt asking if you want to enable the player for that site. If you select “yes” to that prompt, then Chrome will remember your answer, automatically add that site to the allow list, and not prompt you again. Of course, you’ll still be able to go into settings and disable it as you like, so if your browsing preferences change, it’s easy enough to make adjustments.

We are still quite some distance from saying goodbye to Flash forever, but this is a big step in that direction. It may yet be years before the last website on the internet finally gives up on the platform, but when that happens, we’ll have one less security risk to worry about.

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.