Posts Tagged ‘plugin’

Wave Goodbye to the Java Plugin (If You haven’t Already)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

It certainly didn’t take ESP to see this one coming …

Oracle announced on January 27 that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. Browser plugins, at least those based on the ancient NPAPI standard, will become a thing of the past in 2016 when all major browsers will stop supporting them. Years ago, browser plugins were used to power a variety of services including media streaming, DRM enforcement, gaming, or web applications.


Chrome 45 Launches without NPAPI Plugin Support

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

In an ideal world, the folks at Google would be bright enough to find a way to update their product without removing existing capabilities.

Google Chrome users who rely on functionality that NPAPI plugins provide won’t be able to make use of it anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin. Google announced back in 2014 that it would retire NPAPI plugin support in all versions of Chrome from January 2015 on.


Chrome 42 Blocks Java, Silverlight and other Plugins by Default Now

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

If Chrome is behaving differently today, this might explain why …

Google pushed out an update to the stable channel of its browser Chrome yesterday that brought the version of the browser to 42. With it comes the second phase of a major change in regards to how plugins are handled by the browser.


How to Re-enable Plugins in Chrome that are Blocked by Google Starting in 2015

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

If you find yourself missing your old NPAPI plugins after the new year rolls around, here’s how to get them back …

Web browser plugins are being used by many Internet users even though their use is in decline. Most companies that produce browsers try to get away from the plugin architecture, or at least the old one that has been in use since the Netscape days. Reasons for doing so are security, stability and support for mobile devices.


Auto Plugin Checker for Firefox Checks for Plugin Updates Automatically

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

On one hand, I hate it when my PC constantly reminds me that something on my system needs to be updated … but on the other hand, I also realize that regular updates are pretty important in ensuring system security.

While more and more sites and services switch to versions that don’t require plugins, there are still many out there on the Internet that only run if you have the right plugin installed. One reason why browser developers such as Mozilla or Google want to eliminate the need for plugins is security. Since plugins are loaded from external locations by the browser, the browser itself has little control over it.


Mozilla to Start Blocking Plugins by Default in Firefox

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This sounds like a helpful move … for both security reasons and performance reasons.

Mozilla planned to enable the click to play feature in Firefox 26 for all users when the browser was released back in 2013. Click to play blocks the execution of plugins automatically so that websites cannot load contents that make use of browser plugins.


Firefox to Get Plugin Hang Protection

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

If you’re running a lot of plugins on Firefox, then this is definitely good news …

I’m running the Firefox web browser without plugins, but I know many Internet users who are running ten or even more plugins at all times in the browser. Activities like watching videos on YouTube require plugins,  as Firefox is not yet supporting the H.264 format which is required to play back the videos not available in WebM format on the site.