Time is ticking for Adobe Flash Player. Support for the platform will officially end on December 31, 2020. That means no more security updates or bug fixes.

What is Flash Player? It’s a platform that allows websites to display things like games and forms, or run educational programs. While Flash is popular, it has a long history of security problems.

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Many browsers, including Google Chrome, now disable Flash by default, but you can still activate it if you need it. After December 31, 2020, all major browsers, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge etc…, will block Flash Player from running.

The only way for games, forms, and educational programs to continue to work is to convert to another platform like HTML 5. The problem is that you can’t just flip a switch. The content has to be rebuilt from the ground up in another programming language. That’s a pretty complicated process and it’s not likely that anyone will put that type of effort into older games and content.

If your company counts on a Flash for timesheets or forms, you’ll need to buy or create something else to continue to use it. Many providers of online educational materials are going to have to spend a whole lot of money to make sure their content will work.