Adobe Flash is synonymous with two words: (never ending) security threats and the app you hate updating every other week. Find out how to make your Edge browser a safer browser by disabling Adobe Flash. We’ll obviously also share how you can enable it.
Adobe Flash is a necessary evil, there are a number of sites that continue to use the software despite earning notoriety for having one faulty version after the next. This has lead to a never-ending string of security updates released every week or few days.
It was recently announced that even Google Chrome is soon to part ways with Adobe Flash, but it seems that Microsoft Edge has beaten Google to the punch by allowing the browser to have a native toggle to enable or disable Adobe Flash without the need of updating the browser. This is assuming you are on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update released earlier this month.
How To Disable Adobe Flash Player In Microsoft Edge
If you are among the people who are adopting Microsoft Edge after the massive Anniversary Update gave it a much-needed adrenaline boost in terms of features, then you will be glad to know that there is a built-in option to enable or disable Adobe Flash on the web browser without any extra effort.
A simple prerequisite of this guide is that you have to have the Anniversary Update on your system (Build 14393 or later).
To begin, start by running Microsoft Edge. Open the “more” menu with the three dots on the far right of the app as shown below. When you have done so, navigate to the bottom and choose “Settings“.
Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click on”View Advanced Settings“.
Immediately after opening the advanced settings, you will see a toggle switch for “Use Adobe Flash Player“.
From here on, while you are free to choose to leave the toggle on or off, we highly recommend you switch it to the off position, thus disabling Flash.
The downfall of Flash
Adobe Flash has been a valuable asset to the people for many years ever since the internet exploded to a larger level in the past years. However, the number of security threats posed by Adobe Flash is simply criminal to where you can never be sure if the current version of Flash leaves you vulnerable to any threats. Hint: it doesn’t. There’s always some other hole to plug.
If you are like many other users and HAVE to use Adobe Flash, but are afraid of your web browser security being compromised with the continued use of Adobe Flash, we highly recommend using Microsoft Edge to soothe your paranoia.
If you are wondering about the technology that will put Adobe Flash out of business, look up HTML5. It is a safer, faster, and friendlier for developers to work with as opposed to flash, but not many sites are currently using it, with YouTube being one of the few major websites to actually incorporate it.
If you are finally glad of bid adieu to Adobe Flash, let us know your thoughts in the comments section on your thoughts about HTML 5 vs Flash.