Security Alert: Adobe Flash Reaches End of Life

security alert: Adobe Flash reaches end of lifeAdobe Flash Player, originally released in 1996, has come to the end of the road. The plugin will no longer receive security updates, and starting January 12, 2021, Adobe will block Flash content.

What was Flash used for, and why is it being discontinued?

Flash was used to provide animated content, like videos, slideshows, or games, more quickly than otherwise possible in the early days of the internet.

However, it had multiple and severe security problems along the way, Apple refused to let iPads and iPhones use Flash, and now, we have more efficient methods to deliver animated content quickly.

Adobe has been planning for Flash’s end of life since 2017.

What does the end of Adobe Flash mean for you as an internet user?

You need to be sure Adobe Flash is uninstalled from your computer. Since there will be no further security updates, if a security issue is discovered, your computer could be vulnerable if you leave the software installed.

How do I know if my computer has Adobe Flash installed?

To see if you have Adobe Flash on your computer, go to this link and it will check for it and tell you:

How do I uninstall Adobe Flash?

In many cases, your computer may have already prompted you to remove Adobe Flash. If it did not, or if you did not remove it at at that time, you can find instructions for Windows here, or instructions for Mac here.

What does the end of Flash mean for you as a website owner?

  • If your website was built in Flash, it’s past time for a redesign. Let us know if you would like help.
  • If your website uses Flash to show videos, you’ll need to host your videos on a provider like YouTube or Vimeo, and post them on your website.
  • If you’re not sure whether your website uses Flash, then first uninstall Flash from your computer, and then check over your website to make sure everything appears normally and nothing is missing or broken.

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Alisa Cognard

Alisa was one of the first team members to join Red Earth Design, Inc. in early 2004. From data entry, she progressed to MySQL database manipulation and PHP coding. Alisa is responsible for all kinds of odds and ends: installing new websites, adding features to them, programming databases, PHP coding, website troubleshooting, website security, and organizational tasks for Red Earth Design.

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