Posts Tagged ‘flash’

How to Stop Auto Playing Videos

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In the larger scheme of things, auto-playing videos are generally a rather minor annoyance … but it’s still cool to know how to stop them.

Many sites throughout the Internet play videos automatically when you visit them. This can be video content that is published on the site or in form of advertisement displayed on the site. In the case of advertisement, most sites mute these videos by default but some are pushing it and turn on audio as well. Most web browsers ship with muting functionality to counter these without you having to hunt the tab where the sound is coming from these days, but muting won’t stop the video from playing.

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Tip: Use a Secondary Browser for Java, Flash and Other Plugins

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

This is a helpful tip, but it also goes without saying that certain plugins work better on some browsers than they do on others.

While most browser makers plan to drop support for Java, Flash and other plugins such as Silverlight or Quicktime, or have stopped supporting these technologies already, there are still a lot of sites and services out there that can only be accessed if certain plugins are installed in the browser. If you take Google Chrome for instance you will quickly notice that it supports Flash thanks to a native integration of the technology but no other plugin. This means that Chrome users cannot access content on the Internet that require Silverlight, Java or other plugins.

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Flash Replacement Shumway is as Good as Dead

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

It looks like Mozilla’s replacement for Flash is DOA … or at least it’s been sidelined for the time being.

Mozilla started to work on Shumway, an open source Flash environment that did not depend on proprietary software back in 2012. It made sense for Mozilla to work on Shumway at that time, considering that Flash was still the dominant force on the Web, and that Adobe did not cooperate with Mozilla in regards to the integration of Flash in Firefox like it did with Google.

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And the Product with the Most Distinct Vulnerabilities in 2015 is …

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The three manufacturers that lead this list are somewhat surprising.

Rarely a day goes by without news of another vulnerability hitting an operating system, software, device, or service on the web.  These reports have become part of everyone’s online life and all users can do is stay informed and close security issues as soon as companies make available patches for them to do so. While it is sometimes possible to mitigate vulnerabilities, often users are left with no other recourse but to wait for a company to release a patch. Sometimes, that patch is never produced.

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Facebook Waves Goodbye to Flash Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

With both Facebook and Windows dropping Flash, it’s pretty clear that the end of Flash-based video is near.

Facebook announced on December 18, 2015 that it made the decision to switch from a Flash-based video player on Facebook to a HTML5-based media player. The company will use its HTML5 video player “for all Facebook web video surfaces” including videos on news feeds, pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. Videos embedded directly from other sites, such as YouTube, use the HTML5 video player by default as well on Facebook.

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Microsoft SmartScreen Filter gets Drive-By Attack Protection

Monday, December 21st, 2015

This feature is only available on Windows Edge and Internet Explorer 11, but since Microsoft is in the process of ending support for all IE versions prior to IE 11, then maybe that’s not really an issue.

Microsoft SmartScreen Filter is a protective feature integrated into the Windows operating system as well as Microsoft’s web browsers Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge that protects computer users from certain kinds of Internet-based attacks. It works similar to Google’s SafeBrowsing feature but is broader in scope as it is not limited to a single program but works system-wide.

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Adobe to Remove Direct Flash Download Links on January 22, 2016

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Starting next month, the task of getting your hands on a direct Flash download will become a little bit more difficult.

If you don’t use Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer but require Flash, you need to download and install a version of Flash on your system so that browsers that run on the device can pick it up. There are two ways to do that. You can visit the official download site, side-step the McAfee offer that is added automatically to the download unless you uncheck the option, to download a stub installer that requires an Internet connection during installation on the local system.

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Finally! Audio Indicators and Muting Arrives in Firefox Nightly

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It sounds like there are still some bugs that need to be worked out, but it’s nice to see that Firefox has finally adopted this feature.

Mozilla just enabled audio indicators and muting in the most recent version of Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge version of Firefox that gets features first. If you happen to have lots of tabs open, you sometimes may find it difficulty to locate an audio source in your browser of choice. Chrome users had tab audio indicators for some time now thanks to the browser’s native implementation of Adobe Flash which gave Google more control over it and thus options to identify and control audio.

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Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Adobe Flash in Firefox

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Adobe Flash has always had security problems. Hopefully, Firefox’s actions will provide Adobe with a good reason to take care of those problems.

Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet by Adobe but are exploited in the wild. In particular, several exploit kits are already making use of it to serve crypto-ransomware to systems running Adobe Flash.

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Google Improves Chrome’s Power Efficiency by Pausing (Some) Flash Content

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

This is a step in the right direction, but enabling “click to play” is often a better solution.

Websites go overboard sometimes with Flash contents which you may notice as it may stop web browsers dead in their tracks, consume lots of battery if you are on a mobile device, or use lots of cpu cycles. Whatever it is, it is usually easy to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant content. For instance, if you are on a video site the video that is playing is relevant and important, but the Flash ad that is displayed somewhere on the site may not be.

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