Mozilla Firefox Blocking Adobe Flash Player Automatically

Mozilla has announced that the latest Firefox update has blocked Adobe Flash Player from working by default. Mozilla has decided to block the browswer plugin due to the ever increasing number of exploits and vulnerabilities found in the software. Mark Schmidt, Firefox Support Lead, made the announcement via Twitter about the Flash Player block.

@MarkSchmidty: BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now.

He followed the tweet up with,

@MarkSchmidty: To be clear, Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version which isn’t being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities.

Mozilla then stepped up to the plate with this tweet.

@firefox: We are committed to protecting our users from security risks. That’s why–following an Adobe alert–we temporarily blocked in Firefox.

So what does this mean? It boils down to any website that you visit that uses Adobe Flash Player, whether it be in the main website itself, embedded video, or any other part of the website, the item or page will not load properly or at all.

Can I browse the internet without Adobe Flash? Yes, you can still use the internet while Adobe Flash is still disabled. Remember this is only affecting the Mozilla Firefox browser, none of the others.

Can I turn Adobe Flash back on? Yes, Firefox will allow you to turn the Flash Player add-on back on. To learn how to allow Flash Player follow the instructions on the Adobe site by clicking here.

Is this the beginning of the end for Adobe Flash Player? This answer is still unknown. Adobe Flash Player is older software compared to other elements of the internet and many internet users have been crying for the end of Flash Player. Right now all signs point to no, but it all depends on how Adobe responds to the action of Mozilla and if other browsers will stay loyal to Adobe or fall in line with Mozilla.

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