Mozilla will block Flash in Firefox starting next month

THE CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO REDUCE CRASHES BY 10 PERCENT

The company says its August change is expected to reduce Flash-related crashes and hangs in Firefox by up to 10 percent, as well as giving users “enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness.” Data shared as part of today’s announcement shows that Firefox plugin crashes dropped when both YouTube and Facebook switched from Flash video as default to HTML5, part of a downward trend that coincides with Flash’s slow retirement.

Mozilla is following the lead of many of its tech peers in phasing out Flash, including GoogleMicrosoft, and Apple, all of whom outlined plans to stop showing the aging plugin by default in their browsers earlier this year. Adobe itself advised people to stop using its own software last December, but Flash still has its claws into many corners of the internet, making a swift death tricky.

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