Chrome 88 arrives and signs the end of Flash and FTP

 

 

 


 

 

 Google has just released version 88 of Chrome. This update marks the definitive withdrawal of the Flash plug-in but also that of the FTP links.

On December 31, Adobe officially canceled support for its Flash player born in 1996. Since January 12, all Flash content has been blocked, and Web browsers are gradually removing the plug-in.

 

 

Chrome in turn removes the Flash plug-in


Admittedly, the end of Flash Player is not strictly speaking something new, but Google Chrome having more than 65% of market share of Web browsers around the world, this withdrawal is highly symbolic. Note, however, that Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla have already removed the player from their browsers.

ZDnet US, which reports the information, explains that currently, only 2.2% of websites are still at least partially based on Flash. This rate has fallen by more than 25 points in ten years.

More specifically, 80% of Google Chrome users loaded a page containing at least one Flash module per day in 2014; four years later, they were down to 8%.

It must be said that technology has been supplanted by developments in Web standards and in particular CSS3 and Javascript, which are now favored for making content dynamic.

 

 

 

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The end of ftp: // links


At the same time, Google has also decided to withdraw support for FTP access, a process started with Chrome 86 on the Canary and Beta distribution channels. In version 87, the FTP accesses were already disabled by default but the user still had the choice to modify this behavior by going to the advanced parameters. This time Chrome 88 completely blocks ftp: // links.

Users who have made backups on a remote server will therefore no longer be able to access their files from Google Chrome but will have to use dedicated FTP software.

To justify this total withdrawal, Google explains that the browser does not support FTPS type secure access. In view of the low use of these links, the company does not wish to invest more and thus prefers to withdraw its support.

 

 

Greater restriction on downloads


Google Chrome 88 also boosts protection by further blocking certain file types from downloading when served through an HTTP link and not an HTTPS link. With Chrome 85, the browser no longer allowed to recover executable files of type .exe or .apk. In the following version it was the same for the .zip or .iso archives.

Chrome 87, for its part, blocked potentially compromised documents such as .pdf or .docx files. This time, Google Chrome 88 prevents downloading multimedia files (.png, .mp3).

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