I haven’t missed it – The first week without Adobe Flash Player

4 July 2015

In my last week’s post I raised the question whether it might not be useful to solve the endless problems with Flash Player once and for all by just deactivating this add-on.

I haven’t missed Flash Player on my iPad II so far. Regarding usage at home my expectations were clear: The world would not change dramatically. But I hadn’t any clue about the changes at work. Is Flash player often used as add-on in business applications or in the company Intranet?

On Monday morning I started a self-experiment and deactivated Flash Player on my company PC.

Now it’s time to draw a first summary: My expectations were clearly exceeded. Deactivating Flash Player has absolutely no impact on my daily work. I found only one intranet site where  Flash Player was used.

I will continue this experiment for some weeks. My feeling is that Flash Player can be disabled with little or no impact on business. Moreover, it is important to design new sites and applications without using Flash videos.

If you manage to waive Flash Player the attack surface of your system as well as the effort for patching will be reduced dramatically.

Happy 4th of July!

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2 thoughts on “I haven’t missed it – The first week without Adobe Flash Player

    1. Klaus Jochem Post author

      I fully agree. Apple banned Flash Player because the high energy consumption would decreases battery lifetime. In the business sphere windows laptops or desktops are still the standard workplace systems. I just want to make sure that deactivating Flash Player will not have impact on business.

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