Give Your Website Visitors a Virus?
Shove Adobe Flash Player on Them
Would you want to have your website FORCE it's users to install a Flash Plugin? Well then you might as well give them a virus as well. Of the abundance of reasons to avoid using Flash content on your website it all begins when your users are required to download and install an external application. The dreaded Flash Player Plugin!1
Because you are hosting content that is not native to today's modern browsers, 18,769,510 bytes of joy will need to be running on your users computer, (Plan Gator's current version only requires the client PC to run 1/1000th of that.) Now that your web visitor has the Flash Player installed and running so that they can view your Flash based Floor Plans the real fun can begin.
Adobe Flash Player is a total consumption hog. The Flash Player can at times take over 100% of CPU usage. Depending on factors such as how long the CPU has been running and what other applications the user has open this can lead to exciting system messages like unresponsive plugin, plugin has crashed, or the entire browser could just crash!
Even if the user is not greeted with any of the above messages their browser could just begin performing so poorly, performance that is eerily similar to how a browser may be running when the machine is infected with a virus. Speaking of which, Adobe Flash has a long history of security vulnerabilities. Take a look at this list of 304 such issues as of Jan. 15, 2014.
Now, I wouldn't worry too much about those pesky security issues because those who have installed the Flash Player will get nearly constant popup messages nagging them on the need to update their fancy "little" Flash Player. In the past the friendly folks at Adobe have been known to come out with security updates as many as 3-4 times per month. It is rumored that Steve Jobs once said, "Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it's because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5."
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