Adobe will switch off its Flash Player: it should be ready by the end of the year. Then the program should no longer be able to be used automatically.
Adobe had already announced in 2017 that it would stop distributing and updating the Flash Player on December 31, 2020. By this date, customers should uninstall the program if possible and then switch to other standards. According to consistent media reports, customers will also receive a notification to remove the player over the coming months. The company has now shared detailed information on the further course of the shutdown on a newly created support page.
The reason for the setting is that open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly offer good alternatives for Flash content, it says on the page. Well-known browser providers have already embedded these open standards in their browsers and deactivated most other plug-ins. The Flash Player has long been considered outdated and vulnerable to security holes.
Adobe plans to continue to release security patches for its Flash Player through the end of the year. Until then, new functions were also conceivable. After the product is discontinued at the end of December, however, all download pages for the Flash Player should be removed from the Adobe page. The player should block the execution of Flash content. There will be no more updates. The company recommends that you no longer use the program or download it from third parties because it is no longer supported and authorized by Adobe. Otherwise there is a security risk for the PCs from possible malware or viruses.
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