Nobody laments the downfall of the Flash Player more than I do. Before writing for the internet, I could be found making Flash animations all over the web, hoping that someone at Walt Disney was scouring the internet for a mediocre animator with folders and folders full of unfinished cartoons and games. But that was several years ago, when Flash could be found everywhere. If you didn't have it installed on your computer, you couldn't load most sites' navigation menus, any interactive content on the page, or hell, even YouTube videos up until around 2015, when they made the switch to the more reliable HTML5 viewer. You may not have noticed a difference when the change was made, but your computer sure as hell did. Tests have shown that pages actively running the Flash player have the potential to slow your computer down up to 80 fucking percent. And a slow machine is just the best-case scenario. If you browse the Adobe support forums, you'll find a cavalcade of users posting about how Flash outright crashes their computer.
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Your favorite browsers have attempted to stick with Flash as long as they could, but eventually it became necessary to just jump ship and start phasing Flash out as a whole. This is especially prudent after several security holes were found in the software that allowed hackers to infect you with malware right through the player. Those same hackers were also able exploit how Flash integrates with your computer in order to access your webcam and spy on you, a delightfully named exploit called "camjacking."
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Some jokes just write themselves.
Despite everything wrong with Flash, you can still find it being used on websites like Spotify and HBO Go, sites which see massive amounts of traffic every day. If that's a sign of the times, it doesn't actually seem like Flash is going away soon. Even though it should really just be taken out back and shot like a beloved rabid family dog that's ready to infect you with its cyber-rabies.
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