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December 31, 2020: Then really, really put an end to Adobe Flash Player

Adobe has announced that the widely used Flash software will reach End-of-Life (EOL) on December 31, 2020. By then, all users should have uninstalled Flash Player, Adobe wishes. The date for the official end of Flash has been fixed for a long time and the first "attempts to eradicate" by removing Flash, for example in Google's Chrome web browser, started in 2019. Now Adobe has released a new support page for the end of Flash and informs about what is planned next. Adobe plans to ask users to uninstall Flash Player by the end of the year, as the software will reach End-of-Life (EOL) on December 31, 2020.

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According to Adobe, the company plans not only to stop providing updates once Flash reaches the EOL date, but also to remove all download links for Flash Player from its website. That is only consistent and accordingly commendable. The primary aim of this is to prevent users from reinstalling the software or continuing to use an old version on their PC that is no longer provided with security updates.

Blocking of Flash-based content

Adobe also writes that the execution of Flash-based content in Adobe Flash Player is blocked after the EOL date. This could indicate that a "time bomb" has already been integrated in the last versions - a snippet of code that prevents the software from starting after December 31, 2020. This has not been confirmed, however, it is assumed, among other things, by the online magazine ZDNet.

Popular target

It has long been clear that Adobe has to act somehow to eradicate Flash. One reason is that Flash Player has always been the target of hackers and malware developers. This should only get worse with the EOL date, as Adobe will definitely no longer deliver security updates. In line with this, Microsoft had also already confirmed that it will remove Adobe Flash Player from all products by the end of this year.

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