Support for Adobe Flash officially ended on December 31, 2020, effectively killing off the platform. Flash is no longer available to download after working between 1996 and 2020 as a browser plugin called Macromedia Flash Player. It used vector-based graphics. Flash gave life to some of the internet’s most beloved websites, cartoons, games, and more. It was even used to make entire websites that looked great for the time, were fast to load, and responsive to use. Flash also played a huge part in the adoption of streaming video. The FLV container made it possible to display video in virtually any web browser provided you had Flash player installed.. Flash was even required to use websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Video, and more.
As Flash grew in popularity, it increasingly became a target for hackers. Adobe couldn’t fix Flash, so in 2017, the company decided to cease development and kill Flash entirely. By 2012, Flash was widely regarded as a security risk. Adobe starts blocking Flash content from running altogether on January 12, 2021. The vast majority of websites have stopped using Flash in favor of modern browser technologies. browser standards advanced to a stage where Flash was no longer required.