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One browser just blocked Flash after the third Hacking Team bug

One browser just blocked Flash after the third Hacking Team bug

If you've been following the news updated 24/7 on Komando.com, you know it's a bad month for Adobe Flash. Thanks to a breach of a shady Italian hacking company, creatively named Hacking Team, three previously unknown Flash flaws were made public, and more are probably on the way.

Adobe is fixing the problems as fast as they come to light, but a number of high-profile tech people, including the chief security officer at Facebook, Alex Stamos, are calling for Flash to finally go away. In fact, one browser just made it happen.

If you're using the browser Firefox, you might notice that Flash is now automatically blocked. It's not there. Mozilla, Firefox's developer, says it's going to keep Flash disabled until the current crisis passes, whenever that is. That's a bold move.

However, this is going to spur a lot of companies with Flash-based websites to start shifting to other systems. And Mozilla has been working on a plug-in called Shumway that converts Flash objects to HTML 5 so older sites won't break when Flash goes away.

If you absolutely need to use Flash in the meantime, you can fire up Chrome or another browser. Just be sure that you're on a legitimate site.

By the way, some sites are reporting that Google blocked Flash. That's not exactly right. Chrome blocks out of date versions of plugins, but it doesn't block flash outright if it's on the latest version, which is still open to the zero-day bugs.

Does this bother you? I'm betting you'll find that Flash isn't as essential as you think. Komando.com has your back. Read more about how to disable or limit Flash in any browser to improve your security.

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