Like many people, you probably use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when browsing the web. These are considered to be two of the best browsers since they provide fast browsing speeds, high security levels, and a wide range of apps and extensions. But these aren’t the only things they have in common: Chrome and Firefox also agree on disabling the Adobe Flash Player by default.
This isn’t really surprising, though, since Flash is one of the least secure programs on the planet with countless zero-day vulnerabilities to prove it. But what if you need Flash to access your favorite content? Many websites still use it to provide games, videos, and images, and disabling Flash will prevent you from accessing these content.
Fortunately, enabling Flash in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is easy. Simply take the following steps:
For Google Chrome:
- Pull up Chrome.
- Type “chrome:plugin” in the address bar.
- Search for the Adobe Flash Player section in the new screen that would appear. Click on the “Enable” link in this section to enable Flash Player. The link should now read “Disable”.
- Check the box beside “Always allowed to run” then close the screen.
Note: This process works for both Windows and Mac computers.
For Mozilla Firefox:
- Pull up Firefox.
- Click on “Tools” then select “Add-ons” from the drop-down menu that would appear.
- Choose “Plugins”.
- In the “Add-ons Manager” screen that would open, search for “Shockwave Flash” (this is another name for the Adobe Flash Player”).
- If Shockwave Flash is labeled as “disabled”, click on the button beside it and choose “Always Activate” from the drop-down menu.
- Close the “Add-ons Manager” screen.
Note: Just like with Google Chrome, the steps above can work for both Mac and Windows computers.
If you decide to enable the Adobe Flash Player in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you need to take steps to protect yourself from the vulnerabilities associated with this program. One of the best things you can do is to download the latest Flash Player updates as soon as they’re released. This way, you’ll get the security patches they provide and ensure your computer is always safe from Flash vulnerabilities. You can read this guide to know how to enable automatic updates for the Adobe Flash Player.