Flash Player is one of the best apps to be installed on any device that have ability to access the internet, most especially when you handle the net with Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and any other browsers. Some time you need Flash Player to be able to benefit from certain program on the net, so adobe Flash Player is very important app to have in your device(s).
If you are a Chrome user, which you should be like myself, you probably have noticed that Flash is blocked by default in the browser. Google does not like Flash because of the major security flaws inherent in Flash and therefore does everything in its power to force you not to use Flash Player.
Why allow Adobe Flash Player in the browser? It uses to display dynamic applications, content, and video. Simply put, with the help of this program, the browser can display any flash applications. The absence of this plugin is the reason that the sites do not load any videos or music.
As a rule, this player is automatically enabled immediately after the installation of Windows operating system OS. But if by any reason it is not working or functioning well, it is possible to enable Adobe Flash Player in Google Chrome.
In this article, I will guide you through how to get Flash Player to work when you need it and how to keep it disabled otherwise. Though there are different methods to enable Flash Player on Google Chrome.
How To Enable Flash Player In Google Chrome Browser
1: Check Chrome Flash Settings
First, let’s check the Flash settings in Chrome. There are a couple of places where you can do this.
===> Now click on the Chrome menu button at the top right and click on Settings.
===> Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Show Advanced Settings. Scroll down some more and then click on Content Settings under Privacy.
===> In the popup dialog, scroll down until you see the Flash heading. Make sure that the Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash (recommended) box is selected.
Obviously, if you want to completely block Flash on Chrome, select Block sites from running Flash.
You should never choose Allow sites to run Flash unless you have a really valid reason like using Chrome in a virtual machine or something.
That is all about you need to on Flash Player using Google Chrome settings.
2: use plugin’s settings
To view a list of plug-ins, write in the address bar of “chrome: plugins” and press Enter.
===> After that, in the opened list find the necessary a plug-in Adobe Flash Player and click on the “Enable” under the name.
===> After this action, it is time to restart the browser just to be sure that the plugin will run properly. You can see that Shock wave Flash is also included as part of Adobe Flash Player.
You can also enable the option “Always allowed to run” which means that Adobe Flash Player will run until you manually turn it off.
Take the recommended route
Choosing the first option: Allow sites to run Flash, will leave your computer vulnerable to possible attacks, unless you remember to turn it off after you use the player, or that you set Adobe Flash to automatically update every time a new version is released. But even then, it is wiser and smarter to choose the second option.
Choosing the second option: When you set Flash to ask you first before allowing the player to run, you are minimizing possible virus attacks and reducing the risks of arbitrary code executions that can happen when security vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash player are successfully exploited.
Choosing the third option: You eliminate the annoying prompts you are likely to receive every time you visit a particular website that runs Flash. But it is important that you set Adobe Flash Player to update automatically to eliminate all security vulnerabilities. Because hackers might use your favorite website to deliver malicious attacks.
Allowing Sites to Run Flash
Now for the fun part! In order to run Flash, you have to enable it for specific sites only. There is no longer an option to enable it for everything all the time. One way to specify a site for Flash is to click on the Manage exceptions button under Content Settings.
As you can see, I have added the keywordspy.com site I was talking about earlier with Behavior set to Allow. This method is a bit cumbersome since you must go to the Settings page, etc.
The easier way to allow a site to run Flash is to go to the site and then click on the little icon to the left of the URL in the address bar.
However, in my experience, the browser never actually asks me to enable Flash player content even when there is clearly Flash content on the website. So, I have to basically select the Always allow on this site option in order for Flash to work. Note that you may have to close the tab and reload it in order for the Flash content to appear correctly.
Hopefully, this clarifies exactly how Flash works in the latest version of Chrome. I am sure it is going to change again soon, if you have other way of enabling flash player on Google Chrome, drop it in the comment box bellow. As well, if you find this tip helpful, do share with friends on social media.