Once an essential plugin for browser, as of December 31, 2020 Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported. Adobe recommends that you uninstall Flash Player from your computer.
Adobe Flash Player is both a sophisticated and striking client runtime, allowing users to receive high-quality content on their computers. It provides a rich user experience, such as the easy creation of cubic Bezier curves with the cubicCurveTo drawing API, the development of devices using large bitmaps, and full-screen mode with support for all keyboard keys that are inside of Flash Player.
This application also allows users to display compressed high-quality videos for video chat, video conferencing, and live video broadcast. In addition, it can protect streaming video through devices. It uses Speex audio codec, which provides a low-latency alternative when encoding voices.
The Adobe Flash Player plug-in is used to play videos, games and other interactive content. Previously, Adobe Flash was required to play YouTube videos, now this is no longer the case.
Note: On December 31st 2020, Adobe Systems will officially stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash.
Flash Player is a relatively old plug-in (January 1996), it has become increasingly susceptible to malware. As a result, most web browsers have even started disabling Flash Player content by default for security reasons.
The problem is not necessarily Flash Player itself, but some malware is added into a seemingly harmless Adobe Flash Player package, tricking you into downloading a virus. Another potential red flag is when a site asks you to update Flash Player. Your browser should automatically update it. If you do need to update it manually, do so via the official Adobe site.
With Adobe Flash Player’s lifecycle coming to an end, you may receive emails from scammers about updating Adobe Flash Player to the latest version. As of the 31st December 2020, there will be no more updates, so these are to be avoided.
Ultimately, while there have been some security concerns with Adobe Flash Player in recent years, if you install it from the official Adobe Website then you will have no issues. That said, Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and will actively start blocking Flash content from running in Flash Player as of January 12, 2021. Adobe officially recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to protect their systems.
See this designated article on How to Uninstall Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player is also available for Mac OS. The Official Adobe Website should automatically detect which version you need for your device.