Friday March 24, 2017

FedEx Paying Five Dollars to Install Flash

With Chrome, Edge and other browsers starting to block flash by default in favor of HTML5, many online services are in a mad dash to address their legacy Flash implementations. Fedex, however, is taking a different approach, and is offering a $5 discount if you go ahead and install that security swiss cheese of a plugin on your computer.

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That page offers a link to download Flash, which is both a good and a bad idea. The good is that the link goes to the latest version of Flash, which includes years' worth of bug fixes. The bad is that Flash has needed bug fixes for years and a steady drip of newly-detected problems means there's no guarantee the software's woes have ended. Scoring yourself a $5 discount could therefore cost you plenty in future.