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Firefox has blocked Adobe Flash saying it has too many vulnerabilities. Other than unblocking or using another browser, how do I get to see what is blocked safely?
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by AprilCT View Post

    Firefox has blocked Adobe Flash saying it has too many vulnerabilities. Other than unblocking or using another browser, how do I get to see what is blocked safely?
    Firefox did this to me a couple of times recently. Either Mozilla is getting more security conscious, or Adobe is experiencing a few more "issues" than usual.

    When this happens, I just update the plugin and that sorts it out. But it can be a nuisance if it happens too often.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Frank, they've blocked even the most recent update. I've read different sources. One says it's posturing until Adobe fixes serious security holes that've been there forever. One says Firefox is completely done with Flash.


    Either way, you can just go in your settings and turn it back on.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Frank, they've blocked even the most recent update. I've read different sources. One says it's posturing until Adobe fixes serious security holes that've been there forever. One say Firefox is completely done with Flash.


      Either way, you can just go in your settings and turn it back on.
      That's just it Dan, you now have to allow it on a site by site basis. It does not look like it's possible to enable for all anymore. So if you go to a site that has a flash video, you click in the video on the link to activate shockwave flash and a popup lets you confirm to allow flash on just that site, tedious.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        That's just it Dan, you now have to allow it on a site by site basis. It does not look like it's possible to enable for all anymore. So if you go to a site that has a flash video, you click in the video on the link to activate shockwave flash and a popup lets you confirm to allow flash on just that site, tedious.
        I don't disagree with you. It is tedious, but it's not the end of the world. It's not like you have to get out of your chair or anything.

        I suspect this is only temporary, anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Frank, they've blocked even the most recent update. I've read different sources. One says it's posturing until Adobe fixes serious security holes that've been there forever. One say Firefox is completely done with Flash.
      Interesting, thanks Dan.

      I last updated about a week ago and at the moment my Firefox browser is labeling the Flash plugin as "vulnerable", but hasn't (yet) blocked any more sites. Worth keeping an eye on, just the same.

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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Interesting, thanks Dan.

        I last updated about a week ago and at the moment my Firefox browser is labeling the Flash plugin as "vulnerable", but hasn't (yet) blocked any more sites. Worth keeping an eye on, just the same.

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        It's a tad strange at the moment. I get completely blocked on some sites, but not others.
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  • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
    The following was just published within the hour - Google has also pulled the plug on Flash:

    Google and Mozilla pull the plug on Adobe Flash | Daily Mail Online
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    That's just what I'm getting, Dan. I can't see videos in here, but if I click the title it takes me back to youtube and I can view them there. May be just one of their ways to keep viewers on Youtube instead of on sites that embed the videos?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      That's just what I'm getting, Dan. I can't see videos in here, but if I click the title it takes me back to youtube and I can view them there. May be just one of their ways to keep viewers on Youtube instead of on sites that embed the videos?
      I doubt that's it, unless Mozilla is getting a Google kickback. I did read that Youtube recently dropped Flash for HTML 5 and doesn't use Flash anymore. This would be why clicking through to Youtube garners a working video.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      I use Firefox and just updated Flash a couple hours ago (didn't see this thread until now). I haven't received any notifications about any vulnerabilities...

      Not sure if I should be concerned or relieved...? Or just feel special...

      Edited to add: After reading the Daily Mail article, I'm thinking maybe I should uninstall it... Is there an alternative that's more secure?
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

        I use Firefox and just updated Flash a couple hours ago (didn't see this thread until now). I haven't received any notifications about any vulnerabilities...

        Not sure if I should be concerned or relieved...? Or just feel special...

        Edited to add: After reading the Daily Mail article, I'm thinking maybe I should uninstall it... Is there an alternative that's more secure?
        You, like the rest of us have been using it for years, ever had any problems?, got a good virus and malware program. I have never had any issues with it.

        No alternative at the moment.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

        I use Firefox and just updated Flash a couple hours ago (didn't see this thread until now). I haven't received any notifications about any vulnerabilities...

        Not sure if I should be concerned or relieved...? Or just feel special...

        Edited to add: After reading the Daily Mail article, I'm thinking maybe I should uninstall it... Is there an alternative that's more secure?
        I expected this to happen. I verified last night that I had the most recent version of Flash Player. I was still getting warnings and shutoffs.

        Cheryl prompted me to check again. Firefox wouldn't even let me attempt to updated via the extensions tab - like it would last night. I went directly to Adobe and updated from there. Now Firefox isn't warning me and Flash is back to "always active."

        In case anyone wants to try it themselves, you're looking for Flash version 18.0.0.209.
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        • Profile picture of the author Cali16
          Some have been suggesting HTML5 as an alternative:

          https://www.youtube.com/html5

          Has anyone here used that?
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

            Some have been suggesting HTML5 as an alternative:

            https://www.youtube.com/html5

            Has anyone here used that?
            Not tried it, but I just added something similar just to take a looksee.

            Now, if you're the type that thinks the Big G is too nosy, you might want to skip a Youtube-branded product. Lord knows what info it's telling Google about your video habits.
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