Turning off Flash Player software affects millions of websites

The (Flash Player) program, developed by Adobe over the past years, helped provide interactive content on the Internet, such as: web animation, multimedia players, and broadcast technologies, although the program has been severely criticized due to frequent security errors, except At the same time it has played an important role in the entire history of the Internet.

But Adobe will stop supporting the flash player on December 31, 2020, and prohibit flash content play on the Internet on January 12, 2021, which will affect millions of websites, and the company has released the latest update for the flash player program outside China, which contains a separate version of the program .

How will websites be affected with Flash Player turned off?

Turning off Flash Player will greatly affect millions of websites, as the program is still present on 2.3% of websites according to the Web Technology Surveys website, which measures the technologies used by the top 10 million websites in the world.

With most estimates indicating the existence of between 1.5 billion and 2 billion websites on the Internet, the total number of websites running Flash could easily reach millions, if not tens of millions.

What are the alternatives?

In the notes on the final update to Flash Player, Adobe praised the program’s success, saying: “We are proud that Flash Player has played a crucial role in developing web content through animation, interactivity, audio and video, and we are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.” .

The company recommends that users uninstall Flash Player now, and at the same time browsers with built-in flash players will phase out the plug-in, and the company has also installed a tool called (kill switch) in a previous update to the program, which means that it will be able to prevent Flash content from playing. Even if people still leave Flash Player installed on their computers.

The only alternative to continuing to run the program is to install one of the very old versions of the launcher, which comes with security risks, or using an external player, but the company also warns that some external drivers may put your data at risk.

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