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Adobe Flash has served us well over the years, but it has now become a liability. This year has seen numerous security scares, leading to Facebook calling for it to die Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a real loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all. Read More , Amazon killing Flash ads Amazon Kills Flash, Spotify Starts Stalking You... [Tech News Digest] Amazon Kills Flash, Spotify Starts Stalking You... [Tech News Digest] Amazon fires Flash, Spotify wants your data, test drive a new phone, HBO Now on Amazon Fire TV, Giphy Cam makes GIFs easier, and strangers play a real-life FPS on Chatroulette. Read More , and Chrome blocking Flash ads Chrome Blocks Flash Ads, Minecraft Makes You Sad... [Tech News Digest] Chrome Blocks Flash Ads, Minecraft Makes You Sad... [Tech News Digest] Chrome battles Flash, Notch hates being rich, Netflix becomes less Epix, T-Mobile limits your data, and Star Stuff explores the early life of Carl Sagan. Read More .

We are now advising our readers to uninstall Adobe Flash completely 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 . Have you followed our advice and uninstalled Flash? Or are you sticking with Flash despite its obvious shortcomings? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Daily Draining

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone? How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Every single smartphone out there is very capable. Unfortunately, they all suffer from the same problem: poor battery life. So, for this week's Poll, we want to know how often you charge your smartphone! Read More

Out of a total of 801 votes, 57.4% chose Once a Day, 27.1% chose Twice a Day, 11.6% chose Every Two Days, 1.9% chose Twice a Week, 1.4% chose Once a Week, and 0.6% chose I Don’t Own a Smartphone.

These results show exactly what we expected, which is that most people charge their smartphones once every day. In fact, well over half of people do this, usually plugging their mobile device in overnight while they’re in bed asleep. Which makes perfect sense.

Only a tiny minority use their smartphone so seldom they can use it for a whole week between charges. How do they do this? And, more to the point, is it actually worth them owning a smartphone if they use it so little? Answers on a postcard, please.



Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Aniruddh Dodiya, Peter Colpaert, and Jeremy A Moats. Comment of the Week goes to Peter Fitzsimmons, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Every single smartphone out there is very capable. Unfortunately, they all suffer from the same problem: poor battery life. So, for this week's Poll, we want to know how often you charge your smartphone! Read More :

“On any given day I would expect to charge my Nexus 6 once a day.

If I’m out and about (which isn’t that often) I tend to apply some common sense, turning off wifi, bluetooth etc, and unless I’m using maps can get away with only a quick charge with my portable battery.

That being said, I am annoyed that with phones having bigger screens (I will admit the Nexus 6 is a tad too big for everyday needs) and requiring more power, batteries still have not kept up with the needs of most users.

It seems that manufacturers seem to forget the very important factor of power consumption for their devices and instead opt for thinner lighter phones.

I’d rather have a ‘chunky’ phone that lasts a full 24 hours without charge than skinny phone just waiting to break or blow away in the wind.”

We chose this comment because a) it offers some common sense advice for those looking to prolong the life of their smartphone, and b) it offers an opinion on chunkier smartphones that manufacturers seem to be ignoring at the moment. As the old saying goes, “Looks aren’t everything”.

Flash Fails

Adobe Flash has powered parts of the Web for decades, a fact for which we should be grateful. However, As grateful as we are for its service, we would now like to see Flash shuffle off this mortal coil, waving us a fond farewell as it makes it way to the home where all proprietary platforms go when we grow tired of their bullshit.

We’re pushing people to uninstall Flash completely at this point. However, while HTML5 is a better, and safer, alternative 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 , it isn’t yet ubiquitous enough to force Flash into early retirement. Still, some brave souls have uninstalled Flash, choosing security over everything, while others are sticking with Flash up to the last. Which one are you?

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you have already uninstalled Flash, what made you do so? Has your browsing experience suffered as a result? If you haven’t uninstalled Flash, why not? And will you ever?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Don Gateley
    December 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I use Firefox and keep the Flash plugin in "Ask to activate" status. When I stop getting asked on sites I consider important, then I might remove it.

  2. Alan Burnstine
    December 1, 2015 at 2:31 am

    There are some Anime sites I use that haven't upgraded yet, and surprisingly I need Flash for some applications at work, so I haven't uninstalled it, but I have restricted when it can run and am pressing my vendor of the work app to update asap.

  3. Elinor Semira
    November 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    i've updated flash but i'm getting an error message when i boot my laptop. i want to uninstall it but i can't. i'm afraid some apps will not run if i uninstall it though.

  4. Michael Tunnell
    November 3, 2015 at 5:42 am

    As a Linux user, Adobe forced me to abandon flash when they abandoned Linux. I do not use Flash except when testing stuff for others. In fact, if a website relies on Flash as the main method of serving content I simply leave that site. Life is too short to deal with Flash.

  5. cloud81
    November 3, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I have not had the Flash executable installed for many years, but I was using the built-in Flash plugin in Chrome, but with it set for "Let me choose when to run plugins", so most of the time any Flash content just showed up as a grey box.
    A few months ago, I disabled the Flash plugin altogether in my main profile, and create a 2nd Chrome profile which has Flash enabled. I use that profile for the few websites that I regularly access that don't provide a non-Flash alternative. I only access those few website (that I trust), and never do anything important in that 2nd profile, in the hope of further limiting my exposure to Flash.
    NOTE: I found that just setting "Let me choose when to run plugins" would cause some web pages to load Flash content, but when I totally disabled Flash, those same websites would switch to providing HTML5 content. So, it seems that some websites prefer Flash, but will use HTML5 if Flash is not available.

  6. Rajesh Soni
    November 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    A few important sites are compelling me to use flash. Till they move over to HTML5 or other alternative, I need to use flash. But I am blocking flash using flashblock for Firefox, and am satisfied with it

  7. Carol Elkins
    November 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I uninstalled Flash a couple weeks ago and sort of wish I hadn't. I'm trying to get along with Chrome's internal Flash viewer, but several sites that I regularly use require the full-fledged Flash. If I do end up reinstalling Flash, I'll set my browsers to ask before they open a Flash site.

  8. fcd76218
    November 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I will uninstall Flash when sites quit requiring it and a fully-functioning replacement is implemented.

  9. Jeremy A Moats
    November 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    The fact of the matter is that MILLIONS of videos and games online are still hosted in FLASH and cannot be accessed without the plugin. HTML5 has come a long way and improved on video buffering speed, but it has still a long road ahead to be up to the quality, convenience, and speed of FLASH, especially for video content.

    I like having the control that FLASH provides - the ability to set certain domains as UNLIMITED storage so that the content downloads much faster.

    I have never had any problem with FLASH. I have had endless problems with HTML5 not working properly.

    FLASH is still here and until HTML5 is embraced by more of the amateur game designer community, FLASH is going nowhere,

  10. A41202813GMAIL ..
    November 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Lots Of Shady Streaming Sites Still Use It.

    Plus, I Am Really Annoyed When Doom Evangelists Keep Bombarding People To Adhere To Planned Obsolescence, Twice A Day.

    It Only Makes Me Love Anything Legacy Even More.


  11. Neil Watson
    November 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Uninstalled Flash recently, if for no other reason that unless people start doing so, Flash will continue to be used. Change only comes when people vote with their feet. However, it's not a major issue top me as I don't watch a lot of video on the web anyway.

  12. Steve J. McWilliam
    November 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    No, I have not uninstalled Flash and I will not be doing so any time soon as I require it to be able to use online biodiversity data entry programmes such as RODIS ( I will eventually be able to remove Flash once these programs/facilities have been re-written in HTML-5 but that will not be any time soon.

    Personally I strongly feel that the paranoia regarding Flash is far too great and that Adobe should be given the opportunity to fix any existing problems and security holes with the product. It has given the Net a great deal of functionality and pushed its boundaries over the years and I do not see an overwhelming reason to get rid of it now when it still has so much to offer and is used within so, so many legacy based applications and webpages.

  13. John Smith
    November 2, 2015 at 8:54 am

    My vote: No, but I Want To Do So.
    The main reason I use Flash is because I watch TV on BBC iPlayer ( I also (very rarely) play a few games that use Flash, but I could easily let go of them (time-wasters I play when I have nothing better to do). Also, (again, very rarely) I sometimes (once every 6 months or less) use educational websites that "require Flash", but actually work perfectly well with Flash disabled. And I use Scratch ( I think Scratch would work perfectly well with HTML5 if anyone ever bothered to convert it (a big job). So basically, what's stopping me from uninstalling Flash is just around 5 websites. As a note, I also have a Raspberry Pi (so no Flash) which I mainly use for web browsing (I'm writing this comment on it) and I find I hardly ever have problems with no Flash. I hope in about 5 years time Flash will be no more. There are lots of websites that use Flash for functions easily achievable with HTML5, but no-one bothers to convert them to it. So, if anyone bothered to convert some of the more popular websites to HTML5, I think the world would be a better place. And no, the BBC, converting your video players to HTML5 will not let people download your copyrighted shows. YouTube have managed to do it, so there.

  14. passegua
    November 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I will not uninstall Flash since I use a lot of Flash educational interactive games on my blog.
    As long as flash will be completely replaced by html5 I am going to use Flash

  15. Sony Lindberg
    November 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

    The simple reason to why i havnt uninstalled Flash yet is the fact that its still used by many sites and taking the step to uninstall it, could mean that i put my self in the spot of having to re-installing it to be able to do what ever i want to do that requires Flash.

    Just because the big boys are playing in a different sandbox doesnt mean that the old sandbox isnt used, bad analogies aside, its always a tricky debate to remove legacy support or not and when to do it. But as it is today, i belive it to be too early to remove flash entirely.

  16. Danny
    November 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I have uninstalled it years ago. Frankly, I have not really needed it to use the web for a long time. Embedded flash video/audio I can live without, and Firefox still works on Youtube with HTML5. Plus, I don't get those annoying flash ads.

    @Edward Goldblatt
    I trust open source because it is open. You can see what they have under the hood. There is no hidden gotchas, hidden malware or spyware, etc. Each developer has his own agenda, and they all even out. Open collaboration has made things like Wikipedia and Linux possible.

  17. Ray Herring
    November 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Flash will take a while before it dies off due to Firefox and its lack of support for certain things with regards to HTML5.

    It's the whole reason Silverlight is still alive and kicking too because Firefox doesn't (or at least didn't) support the necessary stuff that Netflix needed in order to start using the HTML5 player on Firefox.

  18. Edward Goldblatt
    November 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Nope. I also disabled most of JavaScript and anything H.264 and most HTML5. I'm debating on installing Opera12 (i.e. disabling all HTML5 on my machine). I don't trust open-source. I trust companies; because I know what they want. They want my data, they want my money. I don't know what collective groupminds want.

  19. hildyblog
    November 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Like others, I have Firefox configured to ask me to activate Flash on a webpage. I'll uninstall Flash when webpages no longer ask to activate it. I also keep it up to date, like every other program I have. My computer may be slower, at times, because all my software that has the option is set to check for updates but vulnerabilities are a fact of life (as even Apple and Linux fans have found). At least Adobe patches theirs regularly.

  20. Katharine Wood
    November 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I haven't uninstalled it, but I do have my browser set so that I run flash only when I need to, not automatically. Unfortunately there are still quite a few holdouts on the web still using flash.

  21. Matthew Unwin
    November 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I would like to uninstall flash but unfortunately twitch still uses it.

  22. Andrew Kelley
    November 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I removed the beleaguered software some months ago actually, and haven't missed it yet. As I run Linux on all but one of my PC's, so far Lightspark and Gnash have been doing all that I have needed without worrying about Adobe Flash. My telephone system that requires a headless Windows (7) machine does not need flash player, so I luck out in that respect as well.

  23. Howard Blair
    November 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I haven't uninstalled Flash yet, since there's one or two Facebook games that require it, and also DailyMotion videos.
    When's somebody going to come up with Flash.js so we can get rid of it for good?

  24. Rick Shortt
    November 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I will gladly be done with it when it is no longer needed. Unfortunately, a modest number of sites I use regularly still require it, at least for full functionality. Perhaps the one that stands out the most for me is which I use for most of my graphics needs if they are beyond basic tasks like cropping, rotation, brightness, etc. I don't use it often, maybe a few times a month, but that's enough to still need flash.

  25. Tom Willoughby
    November 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I haven't uninstalled Flash yet, and I'm not in any hurry. I do have the plugin set to "ask to activate" in Firefox, and I do keep it as up to date as possible.

    I'm of the firm belief that a mass exodus away from Flash won't make the web any safer. There are so many vulnerabilities found in Flash because there are so many people looking. Without Flash they aren't going to say "well, job done, I guess we have to stop making malware now". They'll start looking for vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Primetime, or the various browser's implementations of HTML5. Whatever has the biggest audience will suddenly start to have vulnerabilities cropping up every other month.