The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser not only just brings a new, lighter look for its tabs: but also comes with a fresh set of chains for Adobe’s Flash.
This update to Chrome, released just after the 10th anniversary of that browser’s debut, requires you to grant a site permission to run that multimedia plug-in after each restart of Chrome. Each time you visit a site that requires Flash, you’ll have to click a “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player” button, and then click an “Allow” button of the browser to enable that flash content to play.
If that sounds like Google doesn’t want you using Flash: Yes, that’s exactly the point.
Adobe broadcasted last July that it would stop updating Flash at the end of 2020, essentially agreeing with critics that Flash’s history of security flaws that require regular patches had left it unredeemable. Having spent years Google trying to secure Flash with such measures as confining that plug-in to a protected “sandbox” isolating its code, is now moving more violently than competing browser developers to shoo Flash into the sunset.