On July 25th, Adobe Systems announced that it will no longer be supporting its Flash Player plug-in and will phase it out by the end of 2020.
This change is viewed as long overdue by many in the online community. Flash websites cannot be scanned or monitored by security services, thus allowing site admins to hide infectious code that could hack visitors.
Adobe Systems will continue to support Flash until the end of 2020, to give partners time to migrate away from the plug-in. Some major websites are already ahead of Adobe on this, such as YouTube, who switched from Flash to HTML5 in January of this year.
What is happening exactly?
By the end of 2020, Adobe will no longer provide security patches or updates to Flash. They will also stop distributing the player.
Google is also in line with this, saying that their Chrome browser will disable Flash altogether by the end of 2020. Microsoft and Mozilla have released similar statements for Edge and Firefox respectively.
Why is this happening?
Simply put, Adobe’s Flash Player is antiquated. There are now several open standards that can do the same things without the security issues and browser incompatibilities that come with Flash.
What do your stations need to do to adapt?
Essentially, you need to make sure that you and any vendors that you have (streaming providers, etc.) are moving away from Flash. Review your website and check with your vendors for any components of your website using Flash and ensure Flash is phased out by the end of 2020.
Take an inventory of all the widgets on your websites currently using Flash on your website and switch them to the modern HMTL5 version.
If your website is hosted by SoCast, there is no need for concern. We use modern HTML5 and have already made this transition for you.
Why is HTML5 better than Flash?
In addition to security issues, there are a variety of reasons why Flash Player is suboptimal for websites. HTML5 is the new standard for website elements that previously used Flash and is better for the following reasons:
HTML5 is less resource-heavy, more efficient and more responsive. It is optimized for desktops, tablets and mobile devices and provides a consistent experience across devices, unlike Flash. It also has lower load times and uses less battery power on mobile devices.
HTML5 also provides more innovative ways to engage with your audience. HTML5 elements allow you to do things such as article popouts and full-screen image galleries. It also allows more sharing options, supporting sharing on all major social networks and allows language options as well as notifications.
Additionally, HTML5 allows for more advertising options such as interstitial adverts, banners and sponsored load screens.
At SoCast, we are committed to being your technology partner in digital to help guide your radio stations through the digital age. Not only is our platform always up to speed in terms of security and stability, but its integrated workflows are also designed to increase audience engagement and revenue in digital. To learn more about how our solutions can help your radio stations, speak with a SoCast specialist today.