Friday, February 1, 2013

3 Cheap Ways To Control Flash, Destroy Flash, Or Keep Flash Out Of Your Mac Life

FlashFrozenHow would you describe a digital hog? For Mac users, the world’s most proficient digital hog is Adobe’s no-longer-quite-so-ubiquitous Flash plugin.

Tell me what Mac app contributes more to global warming than Flash? It sits in your Mac browser sucking up CPU juice, draining battery juice, and just when you least expect it, Flash locks up your browser. Honestly, I think I can hear it laughing in the background whenever that happens, and it happens too often on my Mac.

Here are three cheap ways to control Flash, destroy Flash, or keep Flash out of your Mac life.

First, up the free way. Don’t use Flashy. Apple doesn’t even allow Flash on new Macs. About 80-percent of all the videos on the internet are now H.264 so the Flash browser plugin isn’t even needed. Unless you love a webpage swarming with disturbing animation.

Second, if you must use Flash, don’t use it on Safari. It’s the number one way Flash disturbs a Mac user’s peace of mind. Instead, keep Safari clean of Flash, and download Google’s Chrome browser for those times when you desire self punishment and must visit a website with Flash.

Third, there are a couple of Mac apps which block and control Flash. Flash Block does what the title implies. It’s a Menubar app which toggles the Flash browser plugin on and off. One of the two options detects Flash and disables it, and it works on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

The other is FlashFrozen, another app to control Flash, improve your MacBook’s battery life, provides peace of mind which aides in keeping you away from psychiatry sessions. Flash can be that nasty. FlashFrozen also resides in the Menubar, and turns on a little red light when Flash begins to use too much of your Mac’s resources.

I love it. Especially the autokill function. Kill, kill, kill! Out, out, damn Flash!


  1. Chuck Fry says

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the ClickToPlugin extension for Safari:

    I’ve been using this and its predecessor, ClickToFlash, for several years. It allows you to “whitelist” sites that don’t work without Flash.

    Tera’s Note: ClickToPlugin is a good option with far more configuration options, which can be confusing for many users. I’ve used it but found that simplicity rules for me.