The beginning of 2021 marks the end of Adobe Flash support.
Originally launched in 1996, the plugin supported a large amount of interactive online content, but it has since become irrelevant.
In fact, it was never supported on iPhones and iPads, and 10 years ago, Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs outlined its deficiencies in an open letter to the public.
He criticised the software’s battery drain on mobile devices, incompatibility issues and reliability.
In the browser space, Flash has been seeing less and less support over the years, and in 2021, it will soon become history.
The last significant Flash-related milestone is 12th January 2021, when the company will make an active effort to prevent Flash content from playing.
At the same time, this spells the end of Zynga’s FarmVille, which is one of the most played games developed in Flash.
In a way, the game is a remnant of a bygone internet era.
FarmVille was first launched back in 2009 and its popularity contributed to the success of Facebook gaming.
However, these times are now about to come to end.
In the web sphere, most major websites have already switched over to other alternatives when it comes to displaying their interactive content, so the majority of users will not be affected by the discontinuation of Adobe Flash Player.
In the cyber security space, Adobe Flash was criticised for its vulnerability to malware, both on PC as well as Mac.
Due to this, companies such as Microsoft and Apple were always having to patch up security issues as they appeared.
Now that Adobe has officially ended the support phase, the company recommends that its users uninstall it from their devices for security reasons.
This will prevent any future vulnerability from being exploited in the future.