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Post Posted June 13th, 2020, 2:46 am

You're welcome.
Just a heads-up on your comment/s...

If you receive a pop-up or prompt to update Flash & you just loaded a web site...
Do NOT click that "Update Flash...Now" button.
Never know what you'll get.

Always go to the relevant creator/s/Authors site to check for any updates.
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Post Posted June 13th, 2020, 10:09 am

motivated wrote:James – so with my ver 75 I have HTML 5 built in, correct? Meaning I don't need to update my flash player anymore, correct?

Another poster posted that I should keep updating flash player.


Flash does more than one thing.

Firefox has a built-in media player for sites that serve audio and video in standard HTML5 tags. Most sites do that now, so you almost never need Flash for this purpose. If an older site hasn't been updated and still tries to play media through an object tag specifying a Flash file (.swf), Firefox will not sort out how to make that compatible with the built-in player instead. The media will not play without Flash in that case.

Flash games are another matter. Firefox does NOT have an all-purpose Flash replacer that would allow Flash games to run directly in the browser; the effort to build one fizzled years ago. Sites will need to convert their Flash games to JavaScript/Wasm/etc. to run in browsers without Flash.

Should you update Flash? As long as Flash is on your system and could be called by other programs like Internet Explorer, yes, you should keep it up-to-date. Or you could remove it if that sounds like too much trouble.

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Post Posted June 20th, 2020, 4:01 pm

Thank you.

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