Adobe Flash was forced to shut down due to a lack of support. Although it is gone, there is still flash content on the internet – and this is especially true for older games.
If you want to access this content, you will need a browser that comes with a Flash player built in. This article runs through 5 of the best, and more.
What Browsers Still Support Flash?
There are a few browsers that still support Flash. However, you might need some help finding out what they are. We have discussed 5 excellent options below.
1. Opera Browser
From all the options on our list, the Opera Browser is the best-known. You might already have it installed on your PC.
Along with the built-in flash player, you will be also getting a pre-installed VPN. In case you’re not aware, VPNs are tools that will bounce your IP to servers abroad. You won’t have to worry about your IP being exposed online. The VPN is also great because of the military-level encryption that you will get.
Opera comes with an ad-blocking tool, which is the cherry on top. And of course, there is a Private Mode for when you want to browse incognito.
2. Dolphin Browser
Dolphin is not as popular as Opera. However, it’s still a good choice. One of the best things about it is that it is customizable. In my opinion, it is the most customizable browser on the market today.
You will be able to download it on both your computer and mobile device.
Dolphin comes with a flash-player built-in. You will also be getting an ad-blocking feature.
If you would like a VPN, unfortunately you won’t get one pre-installed. The software has great gesture support, however.
3. Puffin Web browser
You can download Puffin on multiple devices, even the Raspberry Pi. Although there is a web version of the browser, it is not as popular as the mobile one.
It comes with a flash-player built in. You will be able to access all kinds of flash content with it.
Also, you will be getting regular updates so you won’t have to worry about bugs affecting your device.
Do you get a built-in VPN like with Opera? The answer is no, unfortunately. However, you are getting an excellent ad-blocking feature.
You will be able to browse the internet incognito too.
FlashFox was built around Adobe Flash, instead of only coming with a Flash player. As a result, you are getting superior support. Compared to most browsers on the market, it is also faster and more stable.
Just remember that you are not getting a built-in ad-blocker.
Of course, it comes with a designated private mode. There are gesture shortcuts on the app as well.
You will only be able to download FlashFox from the Google Play Store – it’s not available on computers, or Apple devices.
5. Kiwi Browser
The Kiwi Browser is built on Chromium. So, you will be getting a Chrome-like experience. This aspect also means that it is safe and has stable loading times.
Downloading Kiwi would be possible on both iOS and Android devices, as well as on any computer OS.
Apart from the built-in flash player, you will be getting an excellent ad-blocker. Unfortunately, there is no VPN.
Kiwi is known to be lightweight and webpages will load fast because of this.
Why Did Adobe Flash Shut Down?
The plugin was discontinued in 2020. To users who were paying attention, this didn’t come as a surprise. It had been struggling for years. The biggest problem it had was its security flaws.
Adobe announced that the software would be discontinued in 2017. They finally went ahead with this in December, 2020.
Not only was Flash not the best security-wise, but it also had issues with being mobile-friendly. This made developers lean more towards HTML5 for building websites.
It wasn’t the best for video formats, so it constantly needed to be updated if you wanted to access YouTube.
Although Flash is gone, there are websites that will still allow you to access Flash content.
What Are Adobe Flash’s Security Problems?
The software has been around since the dawn of the commercial internet. However, from 2005 to 2017, CVE reported that it had up to 1020 security problems.
This gets worse when you realize that these problems doubled in a year. In 2005, only one vulnerability was recorded. However, there were almost 80 by 2014, and by 2017, there were more than a thousand.
The security issues were so bad that Steve Jobs wrote an essay about how unsafe the plugin was. No surprise, he stopped Apple devices from supporting it. Google Chrome followed his example, stopping Flash support in 2017.
Privacy was a major concern with the plugin too – it would track and then report detailed information about search habits to third-parties.
How Better is HTML5?
Many Open-Standard counterparts began to replace Flash before it was discontinued. HTML5 quickly took its place. As mentioned, it is mobile-friendlier as well. Google shows more interest in websites with this quality. So, web developers prefer using it.
You won’t have to worry about stability problems with HTML5. Flash had down-time issues that you will never have to face with its counterpart.
More importantly, you don’t have to worry about security issues either.
Although Adobe Flash is not available any longer, there are many web browsers that will still allow you to access Flash content.
In this article, we looked at five of the best options. From the list, Opera and Dolphin are probably the top choices. Although FlashFox is completely built on Adobe Flash, it has too many ads. So, it didn’t land the top spot.
Many users feel nostalgic about the plugin. However, it had several security flaws and CVE reported over a 1000 by 2017. For users who wanted to keep their data safe, the software was not the best, as it was known to sell user information.