Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 17:47 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ah yes, why not? The last time we did this, it was March 2011, so it's been almost a year since we offered a little insight into what kind of operating systems and browsers you, dear readers, are using. Nothing particularly earth-shattering going on here.
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RE: Flash usage
by Nico57 on Tue 10th Jan 2012 02:52 UTC in reply to "Flash usage"
Nico57
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2006-12-18

I use IE8 a lot, and only load Flash on selected white-listed websites (OSnews obviously not being one of them).

That's actually one of the neatest features in IE (second only to InPrivate Filtering): open the Tools menu > Manage Add-ons, select Shockwave Flash Object, click on More information (lower pane), then click on Remove from all sites.
Now every website that wants to run Flash will show a non-intrusive gold bar at the top, and let you choose whether you agree or not.

And then you realize that virtually every web site wants you to run it, even when there's no visible Flash content, and that its primary use is NOT as a multimedia framework, but as yet another user tracking system.

(Disabling local storage in Flash also somewhat limits its usefulness for trackers; but not running it at all if not needed it definitely the best option.)

Edited 2012-01-10 02:53 UTC

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