Flash Player Controls Confusing

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Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:45 am

Since installing Mountain Lion I've received a message from Flash when I play a Flash based video. NBCNEWS.com uses Flash for most of its news stories that encompass video, for example. I never saw this message before Mountain Lion so I've been clicking DENY. I just went to System Preferences/Flash and found a setting which might be causing this.

What's this all about? And am I playing with fire if I allow Flash to store information on my iMac?

By the way, after I click DENY the video plays without a problem.
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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:59 pm

I think this is related to Flash cookies. There's a lot of chat about them on Macintouch. The particular issue was that even if you set Safari (and presumably other browsers) up to deny cookies, Flash cookies can still be set.
I haven't read that they're any more evil than other cookies, but given that Flash needs to be updated at least monthly for severe security issues, I'd worry that Flash cookies might be exploited at some point.

Maybe Mountain Lion increased security, or at least the ability to set security, for this.

I routinely get similar, ugly Windows-look dialog boxes with Flash asking for more RAM.

There is a web site you can go to to set how you want Flash to behave on your computer. Think about the implications of that.

The sooner HTML 5 animation and video replace Flash a and v the better.
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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Bob Wiswell » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:31 pm

Snow Leopard has this same System Preference window for flash player. I just noticed that I have the first button selected to allow for storage of computer information. I second the question, am I playing with fire to have this button selected? I don't get the window Richard showed because I have the first button selected-I assume.

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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Bob Wiswell » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:12 pm

Hey folks. I have a question posted here. Am I vulnerable with this setting?

I know, it is 80 degrees out and everyone is out playing-good for you!

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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Stephen Hart » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:44 pm

Bob Wiswell wrote:Hey folks. I have a question posted here. Am I vulnerable with this setting?

I know, it is 80 degrees out and everyone is out playing-good for you!

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I would suggest putting all settings on "Ask Me." You're only going to lose a couple of seconds, and you'll feel safer.
I would also suggest being very careful of anything that looks off-kilter to you when you're surfing.
Flash is so widespread that it's silly to claim that any site using Flash is suspect. But if you get Flash warnings from sites you didn't deliberately navigate to, or from sites where you don't expect to see such a warning, beware.
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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Richard Serkes » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:46 pm

Bob Wiswell wrote:Hey folks. I have a question posted here. Am I vulnerable with this setting?

I know, it is 80 degrees out and everyone is out playing-good for you!
That's what I'd like to know. Based on its track record I'm a little wary of giving Flash permission to store cookies on my Mac. But I haven't read anything that specifically says these cookies are malware.
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Re: Flash Player Controls Confusing

Post by Bob Wiswell » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:55 pm

Thanks Stephen. I just changed the setting. If this get too troublesome, I will report back.

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