chrishoffman — 2014-05-01T06:40:57-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/188059/how-to-enable-click-to-play-plugins-in-every-web-browser/
Most web browsers load Flash and other plug-in content as soon as you open a web page. Enable “click-to-play” plug-ins and your browser will load a placeholder image instead — click it to actually download and view the content.
apa240 — 2014-05-01T08:18:28-04:00 — #2
I personally prefer using ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer. (Available in the menu > Safety > ActiveX Filtering.) When you browse to a website with a plugin it gives you a little icon in the address bar, instead of a popup on the bottom of every page. Plus it's easier to enable/disable per site, by going the manage add-ons way you have to open that menu to remove a site if you just wanted to enable it temporarily.
jbusnengo — 2014-05-01T11:04:44-04:00 — #3
Blocking Flash in Firefox without resorting to an extension is simple. Just go to the Plugins page of the Add-ons Manager (Ctrl-Shift-A). There, you can choose one of three options for each of your plugins: Always Activate (no click necessary to play), Ask to Activate (click-to-play), or Never Activate (block entirely).
nsdcars5 — 2014-05-01T11:27:38-04:00 — #4
Click-to-play is the best thing in Chrome after autocorrect.
readandshare — 2014-05-01T14:23:44-04:00 — #5
Two questions for those who know...
Chrome recommends running plug in's automatically. Does that mean plug in's are relatively harmless -- despite the media attention?
Does switching from the recommended 'run automatically' setting over to the 'click to play' setting provide the same protection as installing NoScript?
gerald309 — 2014-05-04T11:23:24-04:00 — #6
I would suggest a serious notice of possible/probable malware infection now proliferating in flash videos with this how-to article. This goes back perhaps a decade when malware was discovered as embedded in simple photos and now is doing this in videos. To have all browsers set to auto-play is a recipe for disaster in cases where quality antimalware is not installed and running 24/7 with real Time Protection activated. Even then, infection may be possible and is reflected in the latest Adobe Flash Update for this... https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/04/28/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player As a webmaster of a security site since 2005, I would recommend the opposite and use the stop all video play on websites. Otherwise before the webpage even loads with a rigged video - the PC is already infected and generally a severe mess with the types of crimeware employed such as scareware and ransomware. IMO. Thanks for a chance to respond, I enjoy your mega-site!
system — 2014-05-11T06:41:06-04:00 — #7
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