Firefox To Start Blocking Invisible Flash Content

This move is part of campaign by Mozilla to close the door on Flash completely by 2017.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

July 21, 2016

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Mozilla Firefox will automatically kill invisible Flash content on its browser in the coming months ahead of a 2017 update which will get rid of the plugin completely, says The Register. This move is part of its drive to reduce crashes and protect users from malicious Flash files.

The blocking of the meaningless Flash files, says Mozilla, will ensure improved battery life and provide better security from advertisers’ scripts.

"As websites have switched from Flash to other web technologies, the plugin crash rate in Firefox has dropped significantly," says Benjamin Smedberg of Firefox.

The company is urging users to replace Adobe plugin with HTML5 even as Google, Apple and other tech developers are phasing out Flash gradually. From 2017 onwards, Firefox will require manual click on content for Flash to play.

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