Unshakeable Salt

It’s time to die,  don’t try to drag it out any longer Flash – as it only gets more painful for all of us.  In the last few weeks you’ve certainly gone Batty on us.   You’ve certainly seen things, still people won’t believe.  You’ve attacked ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion;  watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate,  you’ve brought us dancing badgers, countless cats, HD porn and rick-rolled a billion people.   It is now time to die.

Flash has been around for a long time and in digital terms,  it has been a very long time.  I’m as guilty as the rest in its popularity,  I used to do Macromedia Flash development – and even based a fledgling university TV service upon it – but that was over 10 years ago and yet it is still around. Everything it does can be done by better and quicker means, but like a 15 year old boy on a school trip to Amsterdam,  it lingers.

Flash Euthanasia

There is no Dignitas in the digital world  (unless you count that large degaussing machine in the garage),  so how do you get rid of something that just needs to ‘go away’.

Well one of the usual methods failed,  as when the late Steve Jobs announced the iPad wouldn’t support Flash,  everyone thought he was mad.  He wasn’t,   he was just a little early,  as most people just didn’t understand the issue with Flash.  If then was now,  then everyone would be applauding the decision.   But if a major player like Apple can not influence the world to leave a platform behind – who can ?

Certainly InfoSec people have been trying for years to kill off Flash – but with a number of large organisations CISO’s all standing up in the last week,  maybe people are starting to listen. The press like to jump on a good InfoSec story at the moment  and the disclosure of The Hacking Teams code base and 3 new unpatched 0-day vulnerabilities made the headlines. But it was just a news snippet and users can easily ignore those – hence why Chrome, Mozilla & FireFox made there users decision for them and crippled the Flash plugin for them.

Without easy access to rich media content, people are having to face reality and are being forced into a new way – a way without flash. Content providers too are having to play catch up.  Each 0-day means a day without revenue – and you’ve don’t need many of them until you realise the cost of converting from Flash to HTML5 has a rapid ROI.  It will even allow you to capture new markets,  as you’ll be able to engage with all those fondleslab hipsters that have eluded you all these years.

Director of Unshakeable Salt, an Information security specialist who first started contracting in 1997.

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