Adobe has confirmed that it will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31 2020 and will actively block Flash content from running inside Flash Player from January 12 2021.
Anyone who is still running Flash Player can expect to start seeing notifications pop-up on their screen that they should uninstall the software. Don’t ignore them.
Flash’s demise has been long expected. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla all stopped Flash from playing in their browsers years ago and also committed to removing remaining Flash-related code by the end of 2020.
If you leave Flash on your computer there could be a problem. Because Adobe is not planning to ever update Flash again it could potentially be exploited by cybercriminals in the future. It’s much better to remove it rather than leave it on your computer.
The reason for the Flash farewell is that open standards such as HTML5 have grown in popularity and become commonplace since Flash was at its peak. However, Flash has also been a frequent target for hackers who have exploited security holes with glee.
In fact these hacks have become so common it’s a wonder that people are still using Flash. Adobe Flash updates have also been a commonly deployed disguise in order to trick people into downloading malware onto their PCs.
Even Adobe says it “strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to protect their systems.”
If you’re running Flash you will be prompted by Adobe Flash Player to “Uninstall” or follow the manual uninstallation instructions for the Windows and Mac versions of Flash.
Say your goodbyes and uninstall Adobe Flash. It’s the safe thing to do.