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Australian Business Told To Kill Off Adobe Flash Due To Security Risks

Australian Business Told To Kill Off Adobe Flash Due To Security Risks

Australian businesses that used Flash have been told to look at recoding content or face the real risk that content will not play in a browser when delivered.

Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos last week offered Adobe some unsolicited advice: Stop trying to fix Flash and kill it outright.

 Google and Mozilla have already disabled Flash in their Web browsers after it was revealed that hackers were exploiting a bug in the software. 

The move is set to hit Companies that are running Flash based web sites in Australia as well as Companies who have invested in Flash based digital documentation and eBooks based around Adobe Flash technology. 

Flash, was once a popular software program that allowed designers to bring to life, pages formerly occupied by static text and photos by combining them with video clips and animated cartoons. 

Last week the program, criticized for years as a security risk and a drag on online progress, became a top contender for the technology dead pool said the Wall Street Journal.

The tech giants’ offensive was the latest chapter in Flash’s downfall and an illustration of how mobile devices- Apples iPhone in particular -are rapidly reshaping the business landscape.

Adobe continues to distribute Flash and regular security updates for users to download. If consumers remain concerned about it being a drag on their system or a security risk, they can uninstall it from their computers, though they might then not be able to view some video and interactive content.

But Danny Brian, vice president of research at Gartner Inc., views Flash’s demise as inevitable. “The writing has been on the wall for at least a year or two,” he said.

Introduced in the early 1990s as an easy-to-use digital animation program, Flash went on to be included on virtually every computer shipped. It was the strategic cornerstone of Adobe’s $3.4 billion purchase of Macromedia Inc. in 2005.

 YouTube founded its streaming video operation on the technology, and Netflix used it as well. Advertising agencies championed it as a way to produce eye-catching online ads. It seemed as though Flash was a permanent fixture of the Web.