Google Chrome to block Flash by default

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Google has announced it will end support for Adobe’s Flash in its Chrome browser by the end of this year.

From 2017, Flash will only be available on selected websites including Facebook and YouTube with users needing to activate it on most other sites.

One of the main reasons cited is the fact that Flash has become very popular with cyber thieves who exploit bugs to compromise users security.

Google follows the same route taken by other browser makers who have also ended their support for Flash Google’s technical lead on Chrome, Anthony Laforge has said that Chrome will look to use other technologies such as HTML5 to play video.

As mentioned, Chrome will allow users to manually activate Flash and Chrome will remember which sites have being given permission.

Many other tech firms such as Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla have called for measures to be put in place to stop Flash running with Alex Stamos, Facebook’s security chief calling for the technology to be completely terminated.

Just prior to Google’s announcement, security firm Fireeye revealed the latest vulnerability report that Flash was being actively exploited by cyber thieves.

Adobe has published patches to stop Flash being used as an attack route via flaws and indeed the company has need to do this three times in the last three months.

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