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New Firefox Release Disables Adobe Flash Support

By January 24, 2019June 2nd, 2022Technology News

Are you a Firefox user?  If so, be advised that in Mozilla’s next release, Firefox 69, the company will be disabling support for the beleaguered Adobe Flash plugin.

The change has been on the radar for quite some time, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone.  It’s part of a systematic plan by Mozilla, Google, and other browser companies to distance themselves from Flash player and protect their user base.

In fact, all of the major browser companies have pledged to block Flash Player within their software by 2020. It’s easy to understand the reasons why.

As revolutionary as the Flash Player was when it was first released, it has a tragic, fatal flaw. There are a seemingly endless number of ways hackers can exploit the code to infiltrate a target user’s computer and take full control over it.

Here’s the general timeline Mozilla has laid out:

  • Firefox 69, 2019 – The Flash plugin will be disabled by default and users won’t ever be prompted to activate it, even if a website utilizes it. Users can, of course, manually activate it if they choose to do so.
  • 2020 – Support will formally end for Flash on consumer versions of Firefox. The ESR (Extended Support Release) will continue to support the Flash Player until the end of 2020.
  • 2021 – Timed to coincide with Adobe’s last Flash security update, Firefox will simply refuse to load the plugin. At that point, it won’t even be an option.

Although this has been a long time coming, there are still some companies that have built their websites with a reliance on the Flash Player.  If you haven’t already done so, you should make plans immediately to move away from that.  Before much longer, your customers won’t be able to use your website unless you make significant changes to 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.