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How to block Flash in Chrome before Google does it for you

Google has confirmed it’s planning to ditch automatic Chrome support for Adobe’s Flash Player in the near future. Want to get ahead of the game? Here’s how you can make Flash opt-in right now.

As part of a drive it dubs ‘HTML5 by Default’, Big G has announced that from Q4 in 2016, Flash will only run by default on a limited number of domains – a top 10 ‘whitelist’ of popular sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Amazon that still rely on it.

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Chrome will still support Flash, but users will have to switch it on for most websites, as Google believes HTML5 to be more secure and consume less power, and load faster.

If preparing for inevitable is high up your to-do list today, it’s simple to enable a similar function immediately.

All you need to do is dive into Chrome’s Settings. Head to Chrome > Preferences > Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy, then click ‘Content settings’. Scroll down to Plugins and you should see a box that says ‘Let me choose when to run plugin content’.

Tick it and you’re done. You’ll now be asked whether or not you want to run Flash content.

Is Google making the right move blocking Flash by default? Let us know where you stand in the comments below.

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