And then there’s the fact that Google is going to disable Flash by default in Chrome 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.
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:
- 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!