For Flash, it has been a long and slow progress towards death. Once loved but now constantly ridiculed, many wondered when it would just keel over and die.
Many of the top names on the web have ditched it in favor of the newer and more secure HTML5. So why was it still a thing?
The answer lies with the few, but nonetheless significant, number of users who continue to use it. These are the clients who refused to switch despite the number of security concerns raised about Adobe Flash Player.
A product will not cease to exist unless its maker says so. And the time for that came last July. Adobe finally announced that they would no longer be supporting and distributing Flash Player by the end of 2020.
The time between the announcement and Flash’s ultimate demise should allow sites, a lot of them in the education, gaming, and video category, to migrate to HTML5.
Given how many of the popular web browsers have blocked Flash, can Flash-based sites still be loaded on them? The answer is YES, but you have to enable it first.
Enabling Flash in Chrome
- Go to chrome://settings/content
- Click on Flash
- Move the slider to the right to Allow sites to run Flash
- Make sure Ask first is selected by moving the slider to the right
- Under Allow, enter the URL of the sites you want to give permission to run Flash
Enabling Flash in Firefox
- Click on the Menu button
- Go to Add-ons
- Find Shockwave Flash on the list
- Set the status to Always Activate
Enabling Flash in Microsoft Edge
- Click the “…” button
- Go to Settings
- Click View advanced settings
- Toggle the switch on under Use Adobe Flash Player
- Refresh the page or open a new tab
Even though Flash can still be enabled, there are concerns over its safety. It’s best to enable Flash only for websites that you trust.