Mozilla say bye bye to plugins in 2016In the wake of Chrome and Edge, Mozilla just announced that will terminate the life of the plugins that are currently running in your Firefox browser by the end of 2016. This measure seeks to avoid the many performance problems and security incidents caused by these complements the program itself.
Firefox thus become the last refuge of the NPAPI plugin (Netscape Plugin API), because the Google and Microsoft have already eliminated in the latest versions of their browsers (Chrome 42 and Edge).
Remember that Mozilla started out toward extinction plugins in 2013, when joined the option of manually enable or disable these supplements if they were or not needed in our navigation.
Flash is the exception
But the plan be kept alive Mozilla plugin: Adobe Flash Player. This complement for dead by many users with the advent of HTML5, still used by many websites that have not adapted to changing times, which Firefox will continue to support Flash in future updates.
Of course, Mozilla will work closely with Adobe to ensure maximum safety and stability of Flash, in order to avoid security holes like those that have dotted this software in recent months.
It is the less curious this exception when it was the Mozilla itself that, this summer and before the wave of zero-day vulnerabilities in Flash, decided to temporarily block all versions of Flash Player that ran automatically in your Firefox browser to avoid a potential threat. This security policy became operational in Firefox in their latest versions (such as v39) in both Windows and OS X. Here, when the user accessed a website with Flash content in the browser blocked the plugin and jumped one popup window in which the surfer can choose to run the platform at your own risk.
Java does fall on the road
Do not pound the Java process, which Mozilla has said in its corporate blog that will continue to work with Oracle to ensure a safe transition to the web sites that use Java. Oracle recommends that sites that still use Java extensions migrate to free solutions plugins as Java Web Start.