This marks the official end of Adobe Flash Player, a multimedia web player that pioneered the internet revolution. Previously, Adobe said that the Flash Player would stop working by the end of 2020, and the time has come. Adobe has already started displaying End-Of-Life notification for Flash Player
Adobe officially ends on December 31, 2020
Today, Adobe will withdraw all kinds of technical support for Flash Player. The developer has started displaying the message and a button to uninstall Flash from the users’ device. It means web-based content using the Flash Player would not run on your Windows computers, one of the few devices to enable Flash even till now.
If your system is still running Flash Player, Adobe recommends that you uninstall it. This should prevent users from any harm from bad actors trying to take advantage of the unsupported Flash Player. By keeping Flash installed on your computer, you keep an easy doorway for attackers who always keep looking for vulnerabilities.
To uninstall Flash from your computer, you can use the official uninstaller utility from Adobe. You may have to restart your PC/Mac to confirm the removal and that web browsers become normal again. This uninstaller is available for Windows and macOS as well.
While today marks Flash Player’s support, from early January of 2021, Adobe would start blocking Flash content from appearing itself. It means that, even if you have some version of Flash player on your computer, it won’t be able to play any Flash content.
This second move can be seen as one for the sake of enhanced security. Adobe wants to ensure that attackers don’t misuse flash Player to pry on innocent users. By preventing Flash content altogether, the developer can achieve this dream to a great extent.
For most people, the end of Flash Player would be just a trip down memory lane. Although it was one of the pioneering web technologies, Flash lost its upper-hand and popularity in the previous decade, as HTML5 and other web technologies took over.
Currently, only a few arcade games and web apps are using Flash Player, and they are also focusing on people who look for an ancient web experience.