Firefox Now Says No to Adobe Flash. So Should You.

I’m begging you. Just stop. Bite the bullet. Put the Delorean in storage and say goodbye to 1985. Your site should use zero Adobe Flash elements. That’s right. Zero. Nada. Null. None.

So here’s the deal. Hot off the presses…

Because of major security concerns, Mozilla said today that, by default, its latest update to its browser Firefox blocks Adobe Flash elements on web pages. “Nothing relies on Flash as much as malware,” says Mark Schmidt, head of the company’s support team. Granted, Mozilla also stated that this is a temporary embargo they’ll lift once Adobe serves up a patch to fix the flaws, but Facebook’s new chief security officer, Alex Stamos, has also tweeted this week that he wants to see the Flash plugin meet its fate.

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If you’re a website owner still using Adobe Flash, it’s time to pull the plug. Please. Just remove it from your site. Google Chrome automatically pauses Flash content on page load, YouTube dropped it in favor of HTML5 in January, and though Internet Explorer still supports Flash, the clock is ticking. Even if you’re not worried about the security flaws, the question remains: Do you want any of your website visitors to see this:

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When I come across sites still using Flash, it tells me a few things. First, way back when the site owners cared about the look of their site. They wanted to impress. They probably spent a good chunk of change on a developer, so they felt their site was built to last.

Unfortunately, in the web business, nothing is built to last. The technology is constantly evolving, new standards are embraced, old ones are dropped like hot potatoes. Design preferences change even faster. It’s not hard now to spot a site that was built in 2010. If it was built in 2002 and still rolling, it immediately tells your site visitors that you’ve abandoned ship, that you once cared about your online image, but now you’ve let your site sit on the couch for years watching Dr. Phil, hoping somehow, magically, as if it could do it all by itself, that it would get up off its butt and earn its keep.

False. It’s time for some tough love.

HTML5, CSS, Javascript and jQuery coding languages are widely accepted now, and can easily take the place of anything you’ve built in Flash. In addition to the major security flaws discovered this week, and Firefox’s subsequent blockage, Flash plugins are extremely slow loading, invisible to search engines, not mobile friendly, and frankly, just outdated and unprofessional. They might have looked fancy in 2002, but now, not so much.

So sorry, Flash developers. It’s time we parted ways.

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