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Adobe Flash getting the boot! Is this good or bad for consumers?

The world would be a much different place if you couldn’t watch videos online. Just think about how many people watch videos on the internet every day.

Have you watched this summer’s biggest hit song, “Despacito?” It has been viewed on YouTube 2.85 billion times so far.

You probably watch at least a few videos every day, whether it’s your family posting Facebook Live videos, YouTube videos or others. Which is why Adobe Flash will go down in history as one of the most important developments the internet has ever seen.

It was created in 1994 so you could watch DVDs and online videos. Unfortunately, in the years since then, Adobe Flash has become an outdated, bug-plagued software. It’s so bad that at, we regularly urge you to delete it or install a slew of security patches to keep your computer safe.

In fact, in 2015, Google’s YouTube dropped Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5. The software has been vulnerable to hacks since at least 2009. In fact, a year before Apple CEO Steve Jobs died, he wrote a long essay explaining the many reasons Adobe should kill off Flash.

Now, at long last it is. Although, Adobe won’t put the nail in Adobe Flash’s coffin until 2020. Adobe is giving developers time to start using alternatives to Flash.

So, you’ll need to be vigilant about installing security patches for a while longer. The good news is, we’ll keep you updated on Adobe Flash vulnerabilities and fixes. Keep reading Happening Now for the latest news on Adobe Flash.

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