We bet you’ve heard of Adobe Flash and must have wondered about its use too. The poor creature has indeed failed and has been mistreated for years. It has become so fragile that it’s better to dump it and move on.
There is a simple way of saying it “Adobe Flash has failed terribly when it comes to security issues”. Today’s ultra-modern, high-tech environment needs 24 hours, 360-degrees vigilance and any software failing to do that deserve no place on your machine. The worst part is, this problem is not new. Here’s what Steve Jobs had to say about it.
Some Numbers, Facts & more…
Do you know Flash is the top reason why Mac’s crash?
Symantec, one of the pioneers of IT security, backup and storage have recently highlighted Flash as one of the worst software when it comes to security records. Steve Jobs wanted these issues resolved and worked closely with Adobe – to no real, permanent solution.
Alex Stamos, the chief security guy for Facebook said, “It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day”
What’s Adobe Doing?
Let’s start this a little positively, this is what the company claims it has been doing to better the security issues.
…BUT it has already been too long, Adobe has been on a “Flash-Fix” hunt for decades now. We wonder exactly how long does it take for a giant software company to fix an issue that has been around for years and not a petty one by any means?
Users have lost patience and Adobe has run out of time….
Why does it still “Flash”?
The only and a big reason why we still use Flash (and probably why it has not been called-off yet) is that some of the big organizations across media, government, and advertising are happy using it. With proper IT structure in place, why these companies continue to use the troublesome software is a question we fail to answer…
To prevent Adobe’s Flash from denting the web experience, we must take a stand, a stand to throw Flash out from our systems. Remember, simply disabling it in your browser is not enough for the security we need. This would also mean no more access to (some) popular programs and services but we believe the industry is going to catch up, especially considering Adobe’s track record of failing.
How to uninstall Flash from Mac
If you are with us then follow the easy instructions below to remove Flash from your system.
#1. Using Flash Uninstaller
This one is pretty straight forward. All you have to do is download the uninstaller and run it – that’s it – you’re Flash-Free now!
#2. Removing Flash Manually
Just a little complicated but pretty doable following the below guidelines
- Open Finder Window and make your way to “Macintosh HD/Library/Internet Plug-ins”
- Locate xpt & Flash Player.plugin
- Delete the files
Congrats! You’re Flash-Free.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.