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There are many reasons why the web needs to abandon Flash as soon as possible. The vast number of security vulnerabilities Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Flash is so full of security holes and vulnerabilities, it just doesn't make sense to keep it installed anymore. Here's how to get rid of it. Read More is one. The fact that HTML5 is better in almost every way What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the past few years, you may have heard the term HTML5 every once in a while. Whether you know anything about web development or not, the concept can be somewhat nebulous and confusing. Obviously,... Read More is another.

And then there’s the fact that Google is going to disable Flash by default in Chrome Google Disables Flash by Default, Netflix Is Bad for Your Health... [Tech News Digest] Google Disables Flash by Default, Netflix Is Bad for Your Health... [Tech News Digest] Google hammers another nail in Flash's coffin, Netflix wastes too much of your time, Project Spark loses its spark, GCHQ joins Twitter, and how the Internet reacted to Infinite Warfare. Read More within the coming months. Or in other words, Flash will be pretty much obsolete by this time next year.

But instead of completely uninstalling Flash, you can opt to make it click-to-play. That way it won’t autoplay as soon as webpages load, thus reducing the chance of malicious code executing before you can stop it.

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And thanks to the healthy number of built-in plugins used by Chrome, you don’t actually need Flash for much anymore. This click-to-play feature will mostly be used for things like embedded Flash videos and PDF files.

Here’s how to turn click-to-play on in Chrome:

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  • Open the menu and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click Show advanced settings…
  • Under Privacy, click Content settings…
  • Under Plugins, click Let me choose when to run plugin content.
  • Click Done.

That’s it. Now whenever you see Flash content on a webpage, you’ll need to click on it for it to start. This could be a nuisance if you have to deal with all kinds of Flash media on a daily basis, but otherwise, it’s a safe step to take.

Are you worried about Flash’s security vulnerabilities? What other steps, if any, have you taken to guard against them? Let us know in the comments!

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