Technology Is Coming Down Hard on Flash; Will You Still Use It? [Poll]

Poor Flash Player. It hasn’t always had an easy go of it. Some of the more powerful users of it are discontinuing its use on their sites or apps. Everyone seems to be against it. What about you? Will you still use Flash?

It hasn’t been an easy week for Adobe’s Flash Player. Wired calls it “a popular punching bag for hackers, which puts users at risk over and over again.” They also call it “a resource-heavy battery suck” and point to pop-up ads as the main usage these days. Everyone else seems to be coming down on it as well. Facebook wants a termination date for Flash, and Mozilla disabled the current versions of it in Firefox. Earlier Google announced that future versions of Chrome will “intelligently pause” content with Flash that isn’t necessary to the website. The “Occupy Flash” movement aims “To get the world to uninstall the Flash Player plugin from their desktop browsers.” And Steve Jobs was a well-known opponent of Flash, refusing to allow it in Apple’s iOS. But Adobe remains firm that it can fix everything with an improvement to Flash Player security.

If you use iOS you’ve already learned to live without Flash. But what about everyone else? Even if Flash fixes the security issues, have you decided you are done with it? Or will you trust it as long as Adobe says its safe?

Will you still use Flash?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. I read about Flash Player a while back. I just reinstalled my OS and have not included flash player or anything else from
    Adobe. I use another program for PDFs that isn’t bloat ware and intrusive.

  2. I’m about to reinstall the OS on my machine and I won’t be installing Flash any more. My plan is that when I visit a website to view a video only to discover that Flash is required, I’m going to leave a *polite* message to the owner pointing out the massive problems with Flash and suggesting the owner use HTML5 instead.

    Web site owners are going to have no choice but to switch to HTML5 to play video’s anyway, as Flash is going away. It is currently not available for any mobile or Unix platform. It is no longer being developed for Linux or Solaris systems, although Adobe is maintaining security fixes for those systems (the last version of Flash for those systems is version 11 [we’re currently on version 18], which means it’s been between 5 and 7 years since development was stopped on those systems). And even Adobe has admitted that Flash is long past its prime and is moving away from it in all their other products. Facebook’s desires aside, Flash’s days are numbered.

    As an aside, now that Mozilla has decided that *it* should be the final arbiter of what I can and can not run on *my* computer, I probably won’t be installing Firefox any more either. I’m tired of having to navigate through menus or find arcane configuration options, to undo the changes they’ve made so that I can do the things I want/need to do.

  3. Its not whether I will use it by choice but if there’s a website that only has Flash support and I need to view the content well Flash it is. Don’t worry I have been using flashblocker for years so nothing plays unless I let it, also other website control plugins.

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