8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 12:52 PM by baltwo
JAC151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

It was weird, but when I got my Mac it had Snow Lepard I upgraded it to Lion and never thought about Flash; i just assumed it was there.  After upgrading to Mountain Lion, Cnet videos told me that I need to upgrade/install Flash. 

 

I have never been comfortable with that, I know Flash is widely exploited.  Do you guys have it installed on your systems?  Do you think I really NEED it?  I know I could use Google Chrome, but I don't really like it, plus it forces my descriete graphics and cuts my battery life in half (if you have any suggestions with that issue feel free to leave comments :] )

 

So, how many of you have Flash?

Also, should I uncheck "Java" in Safari 6?  I know Java Script is separate, and needed, but I've heard that Java is rarely used and widely abused, is this true?

 

Sorry for all of the quesions, I am a Security freak. 

Thank you for my piece of mind.

  • 1. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Flash isn't the issue. The issue involves Flash Player. Different animal. I have it installed on all three OSs. Not an issue.

  • 2. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    You don't need Flash unless you want to view Flash videos or play Flash games.

     

    I've been running Flash for years and never had a problem.

  • 3. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    BobTheFisherman wrote:

    You don't need Flash unless you want to view Flash videos or play Flash games.

    Pedantic intrusion: You don't need Flash [Player} unless…

  • 4. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,365 points)

    If you must use Flash Player, consider using ClickToPlugin or its subset, ClickToFlash:

     

    http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/

     

    Java:

     

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    I have never enabled Java in Safari and don't miss it.

     

    Java is a platform-independent language over which Apple has no control. As such, it is a potential vector for malware. If you must use Java, awareness of this fact is essential.

     

    I have no use for Cnet either.

  • 5. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    JAC151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What is the difference between Flash and Flash Player?

     

    When my videos wouldn't play I when to Adobe and installed Flash Player (I have its options in system preferences).  Can I get a Flash Plugin without Flash Player?

     

    Also, why do you think I didn't have this issue until Mountain Lion?  I was never notified on Cnet (or YouTube) about the lack of Flash until the day I installed Mountian Lion...

  • 6. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Uncheck Java it's bad news, install and maintain Flash, has a auto-notify now

     

    How to install Flash, fix problems

  • 7. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    JAC151 wrote:

    What is the difference between Flash and Flash Player?

    Assuming you meant to respond to someone else's post and not yours, Flash is what people use to create Flash videos. Flash Player is what browsers use to play them. As for your issues with ML, I detest the iOSified OS. I don't want my computer to be an iOS toy device.

  • 8. Re: Do I really need Flash...
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    ds store wrote:

    Uncheck Java it's bad news,

    Just more FUD. Tone down on the doomsday rhetoric. I've used the Java Runtime Environment component for years w/o issues. it's needed for many apps, such as TurboTax, Mathematica, and Graphic Converter.