Firefox Will Start Aggressively Blocking Pointless Flash

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Flash is an lingering remnant of an older internet that’s basically been on life support for years now. It’s buggy, insecure, sucks the soul out of your battery, and honestly you should’ve disabled Flash by now anyway. But Firefox will soon be pulling the plug for you.


In a new post detailing the future of Flash on Firefox, Mozilla engineer Benjamin Smedberg says that by next month Firefox 48 will disable all non-essential Flash web components by default. To show that Mozilla means business, Firefox will also revert Flash to click-to-activate status sometime in 2017. If you own a website or game that currently runs on Flash, Mozilla only has one bit of advice: Update to HTML tech as soon as possible.

Firefox data shows dropping plugin crash rates as sites convert to HTML5.
Firefox data shows dropping plugin crash rates as sites convert to HTML5.

Google Chrome applied a similar restriction to Flash last year. In 2014, Firefox completely blocked a version of Flash due to a serious security vulnerability until Adobe could make a patch.

Flash, it was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to say goodbye.



I’m gonna be that guy, here.

I love Flash. It had a lot of issues, but those issues could have been solved as technology progressed. Steve Jobs killed it by fiat.

We are now at a spot where developers clunkily try to recreate animations and functionality on the web using Javascript and HTML 5 which would have taken a decent Flash developer not much time at all to create. Flash was USEFUL, and the web has reverted, not progressed.

Seriously, if you go back and look at some of the amazing Flash websites of yesteryear, and then compare them to the bland bootstrap-driven sites that try, but fail, to recreate the elegance of the best-developed Flash sites, it’s sad. There were lots of horrible things about Flash, to be sure, but that was nothing that couldn’t have been fixed. Trying to do things using modern technology for the web that Flash did with ease is painful at best.