The Movement Away From Flash

With the coming of web 2.0 users saw pictures and animations coming alive on their computer screens. In the early ages of the web, circa 1996 until round 2010, Adobe Flash had it covered. It was new, it was revolutionary, and it was magic. Users actually kept it updated, but now we don’t even bother to.

A message like this appears;

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and we mindlessly click it, counting down the seconds, until we see what we actually want.

 

Flash tends to have more security issues than most people would be comfortable with. 66 vulnerabilities were found in 2012 alone according to the site’s CVE details. Some of the most common being Denial of Service, remote code execution, and overflow.

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Apple ended up abandoning Flash altogether on the iPhone and iPad platforms. Along with the issue of too many bugs, Apple also had a problem with how much it drained device batteries, as well as how much memory it consumed. The memory and battery issues don’t stop with your phone however, Flash slows down your browser too, so it adds a great deal of unnecessary work to your computer

So…What now?

How can we continue viewing the magical animations we fell in love with in the early days? HTML5 is a much better alternative, it is supported by all devices and browsers, plus it runs far more efficiently. You will never see a message pop up saying you need to update your HTML 5 player, and the fear of the bugs is also in the past.