Starting with Safari 10, plugins like Flash and Java will be disabled by default

Starting with Safari 10, plugins like Flash and Java will be disabled by default

What's new about OS X macOS Sierra continue to emerge, and this time they have to do with the browser built into the system. THE Safari 10, to be released with the new version of the operating system, comes with a small change in its operation: from it, “obsolete” plugins like Flash or the Java turn off by default.

Enabling Flash in Safari 10

The change in browser behavior is explained in detail in this post by Ricky Mondego (Safari engineer), on the official WebKit blog. Basically, the new version of the browser will be different from the current one in the sense that its behavior will be as if these plugins (Flash, Java, Silverlight and QuickTime) were not installed on the system. Thus, on websites that offer two versions of the same content (one in Flash and the other in HTML5, say), the native HTML5 experience will always be activated by default. There is not even a list of exceptions: if a site really needs the action of one of these plugins, the user must activate it manually in a dialog box that will open at the top of the page.

Whenever a user activates a plugin on a specific website, this choice will be saved and the plugin will be activated if visits to this page are periodic after just over a month without seeing that site, the browser will ask for authorization again to use the requested plugin. It is also possible, within the Safari 10 “View” menu, to reload a page with plugins enabled (which is important for developers, for example).

This is another important step in the slow and steady march of Flash and its equally battery-eating brothers and resources in the abyss. If you are a programmer and still use any of these plugins, it is advisable to put your hands on Developer Preview macOS Sierra as soon as possible to test your sites. Or take shame in the face and update them to native and modern languages. Just kidding. 😝