Adobe’s Flash is dying and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, there’s no set time limit for eliminating Flash from the world, and such platforms can linger around for decades before being completely retired.
For a few years I used a tried and true method to avoid Flash but have it handy when necessary. First, no Flash plugin on Safari. Second, if I needed to view anything in Flash I would use Google’s Chrome browser which has it built-in. That method works, but is cumbersome at times.
Through the years clever Mac app developers have devised schemes to give users options to control Flash ads and movies. For the most part, they work, each has advantages and some disadvantages. If Flash on your MacBook has become a CPU and battery hog, here’s the official method that Apple recommends to tame Flash on a site-by-site basis.
First of all, install Flash on your Mac. Then, open Safari’s Preferences and click the Security button.
At the bottom of the pop up Security window you’ll see Allow Plug-ins and a Manage Website Settings button.
Once you have Flash installed on your Mac and you’ve visited a few websites in Safari then you’ll be able to manage Flashy usage, site-by-site.
These security settings enable various plug-ins, including QuickTime, Java, Google Earth, Adobe Flash and others. Apple gives you a measure of granular control so you can visit websites with plug-ins and will Ask, Block, Allow, or Always Allow, depending upon the setting you choose.
The benefits to using Apple’s built-in plug-in controls to manage Flash are obvious. You’ll save battery life and reduce CPU usage by blocking Flash from playing on certain websites, but Safari gives another option.
When a Flash advertisement or movie is blocked by Safari, you still have the option to play it with a click (or two).
There are plenty of reasons that Flash is not installed on new Macs. You have to download and install the plug-in to use it. Why is Flash on the Mac so bad? And, why doesn’t Flash play on smartphones and tablets? Thank Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash for setting the stage to the beginning of the end.