Flash by Adobe has been a dominant rich media plugin for the web since the 80s. The first call to abolish this “industry standard” was when Steve Jobs famously lambasted it for Flash’s lack of battery efficiency. Thanks to Steve, Flash has never been supported on iPhone or iPad. Google follow suit by ending Flash support on Android in December 2011.
Apparently this is not sufficient to kill Flash on the desktop. Many sites and web apps are still clinging on to it and is not making the migration to alternative technology such as HTML5. The only way to kill Flash is for Adobe to announce an end-of-life schedule. Sadly there is no indication if Adobe plans on doing so.
Following the security breach of surveillance company Hacker Team, zero day bugs were discovered in Flash that allowed attackers to take over user’s machine. In response, Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos has called for the end of Flash:
Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once.
– Alex Stamos (@alexstamos)
Mozilla has also pitch in its effort by deactivating Flash Player plugin by default in Mozilla browser.
If you do not depend on any Flash sites, it is best not to install the Flash Player plugin with your Safari or Mozilla browser. The exception is Google Chrome which comes with Flash player bundled. One way to minimise Flash player usage is to use Safari or Mozilla as your main browser. And fire up Google Chrome if you run into a Flash site.