Starting August 2016, Mozilla’s Firefox web browser will prevent Flash content that doesn’t contribute to user experience. The main reason is for the sake of security and stability as Flash is the main culprit in Firefox browser crashes.
“These and future changes will bring Firefox users enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness,” said quality engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg in a blog post.
It was pointed out that when site navigated away from Flash to more modern platforms for plugins, animation and so on the crash rate dropped significantly on Firefox. The plan is to block plugins that cause these crashes with a reduction of 10-percent, but the move is being done gradually.
“In 2017, Firefox will require click-to-activate approval from users before a website activates the Flash plugin for any content,” the post said, suggesting that site move on to HTML quickly. The developer plans to continue to support Adobe Silverlight in 2018 and will continue to work with Adobe to improve Flash in Firefox.