Posts Tagged ‘flash’

Microsoft Edge’s “Something Missing on this Page” Message

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

For the most part, this message is an indication that Edge has blocked content (and usually, that means Flash content.)

If you follow the release of Windows 10 Insider Build releases, or have installed one on a PC, you may have noticed that Microsoft put a lot of effort in recent builds to improve the system’s default web browser Microsoft Edge. Edge is a rather bare bones browser, which is refreshing when you come from Internet Explorer, but disappointing if you expect the same level of customization that Firefox offers for instance.

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How to Force Flash Updates in Chrome

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Even though Flash is quickly falling out of favor with many users, there are still plenty of folks who rely on Flash. Since Chrome is sometimes a bit slow about pushing Flash updates, security conscious Flash users might want to be a bit more proactive about updates.

The following guide walks you through the steps of checking the installed Flash version in Google Chrome, and forcing it to update if an outdated version is used by the browser. All versions of the Google Chrome web browser ship with Adobe Flash installed natively in the browser. While Chrome does not support classic NPAPI plugins anymore, Chrome is still supporting PPAPI plugins of which Flash is one.

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After Ignoring Linux for Years, Adobe Releases Flash 24 for Linux

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

With so many Windows based browsers slowly stepping away from Flash, perhaps Adobe sees Linux as the one place where Flash could still thrive. But why have they waited so long to take action?

Adobe has just released the first final Adobe Flash Player stable release, Flash Player 24, for GNU/Linux in years. The company announced back in September 2016 that it would bring back Flash for Linux from the dead. This came as a surprise as it had ignored Linux for the most part when it comes to Flash.

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Google Chrome HTML5 Roll-Out Plan

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Here’s a look forward at Google’s plans for handling the transition from Flash to HTML5.

Google revealed yesterday how it plans to make the shift to prioritizing HTML5 over Flash in the company’s Chrome browser. The company announced previously that it will deprioritize Flash content on the web in favor of HTML5 content. The decision left many questions unanswered: will Chrome block all Flash content eventually? What is the time frame for the change? What happens to sites that only support Flash but not HTML5?

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Flash Tops the Exploit Kits Chart in 2016 Again

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This is the reason why so many browsers and websites are abandoning Flash in favor of HTML5.

If you needed another reason not to use Flash anymore, a new security report by Recorded Future may convince you to consider this at the very least. The company analyzed 141 exploits kits that were available between November 16, 2015 and November 15, 2016. The main takeaway of the research study is that Adobe Flash vulnerabilities made up six of the top ten chart spots.

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Firefox 49: Two New System Add-Ons to Fix Flash and Graphics Issues

Friday, October 21st, 2016

If you have automatic updates enabled for Firefox, then you probably already have these add-ons. But there’s also a way to check to see if they’re installed if you’re unsure.

Mozilla has started to distribute two new system add-ons for Firefox 49.0 and Firefox 49.0.1 to address two issues affecting Adobe Flash Player and graphics issues. The organization is working on Firefox 49.0.2 currently, but made the decision to release two new patches for the current stable version of Firefox as system add-ons to address issues that users are affected by. System add-ons are like hotfixes. They can be pushed out to all Firefox users who have automatic updates enabled to fix issues of the browser. That’s usually a lot faster than having to create a new build of Firefox.

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Mozilla may bring Pepper Flash to Firefox

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

With the end of support for NPAPI plug-ins, many browsers will be exploring alternative avenues for continuing support for popular formats such as Flash and PDF.

Browser plugins are fading into obscurity, at least when it comes to those using the ancient NPAPI interface for integration with browsers. All major browser companies and organizations announced the end of support for NPAPI plugins. While some block plugins already (Chrome), others will do so in the near future (Firefox) or shipped without support for plugins out of the box (Edge).

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Adobe Resurrects Flash for Linux from the Dead

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It’s somewhat strange that this took so long …

Adobe just announced that it made the decision to bring Flash for Linux up to sync with Flash for other operating systems. This means that Linux users will have access to the latest Flash releases just like users on other operating systems had for the past four years. While Linux users could use Google Chrome or a comparable browser that ships with its own Flash version, those on Firefox or other browsers had to rely on an old version of Flash, and some command line fu to get it to work.

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Google Chrome to Block More Flash Content

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The handwriting is already on the wall, and this move by Google will most like help to hasten the Flash plug-in’s demise.

Flash is a dying technology in its plugin-form, and Google plans to push Flash a bit further to the graveyard by making two Flash-related changes in future versions of Chrome. The first change will block behind the scenes Flash content, which is usually used for page analytics and tracking.

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Speed up Edge by Disabling Flash

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Edge definitely runs relatively slow when compared to other browsers … but I’m not sure if disabling Flash is really a practical answer to that problem.

One of the annoyances of Microsoft Edge that I experience whenever I use the web browser is that it lags at times. This is noticeable for instance when websites are loaded from external sources but also at other occasions. When a website loads for instance, it lags until all content is loaded. The loading itself seems to take longer than when other browsers are used but I could never put my finger down on the cause for this as it only happens on some sites and not all of them.

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