I noticed the other day when snagging the latest Adobe Flash Player update from the Adobe binary download site that they will be removing most access to the “standalone” Flash Player download files.
Adobe Flash Player Distribution - Adobe
That really bites as it is a great way to bypass all the nonsense with third-party app installs during your Flash installs/upgrades for friends and family.
On my own systems I have Flash Player set to notify me of new updates but to not install them automatically. I’ve yet to see a notification from the app that a new Flash version is available.
I’ve also gone back to check on systems that I manage Flash manually on for others and find that they do have the latest Flash version already -- and a third-party application (usually a tool bar helper or security application) installed that came along with the update ride that the user didn’t catch.
And under the revised access system, you will need to have an active Internet connection to access the on-line update download.
- Adobe Flash: From January 2016, the bloatware-spin ... Borns IT and Windows Blog (Google Translated).
- Adobe wants to restrict further distribution of the Flash player - heise online (Google Translated).
I’m not sure yet if some of the trusted third-party download sites I use will continue to be able to offer just the binary files for access. I prefer to get my binaries directly from the source, but that isn’t an option after January 22nd. And these might not be available either.
- Download Adobe Shockwave & Player Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks
- Plugins Downloads - FileHippo.com
Really, it’s yet another nail in the coffin lid to remove Flash altogether from my systems
Then there is this tweet tip from Aral Balkan that basically reminds us we can often use the F12 developer tools to emulate (user-agent switch to) an iPad or other mobile device with our browser. That may get us “Flash” content that is available if you don’t have Flash installed.
Related Java tip:
- Avoid third-party sponsor deals during Java installation or upgrade - gHacks Tech News