Adobe Flash is a widely used plugin for you browser that allows it to play video and run content on sites that use it. While it is widely in use, it is a resource intensive process that will drain your battery. It also is exploitable and can be used to hack into your computer. This article shows you how to stop Flash from automatically running in your browser to prevent bad things from happening and save you some battery life. You will still be able to choose when to run the Flash plugin and in certain cases can grant exceptions for sites you trust.

For Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the menu button in the upper right hand corner.Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.58.27 AM
  2. Click Settings>Show Advanced SettingsScreen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.58.44 AM
  3. Under “Privacy” click “Content Settings”Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.59.22 AM
  4. Under “Plugins” Select “Let me choose when to run plugin content” Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.59.30 AM

For Firefox:

  1. Click on the menu button in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Click “Add-Ons”Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.02.35 AM
  3. Click “Plugins”
  4. Locate the entry for “Shockwave Flash” and set it to “Ask to Activate”Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.02.53 AM

For Safari:

  1. Go to Safari>Preferences>SecurityScreen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.05.51 AM
  2. Click the button for “Plug In Settings”Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.06.03 AM
  3. Select Adobe Flash Player
  4. Change the entries for any websites you have listed already to “Ask”
  5. Change “When visiting other websites:” to “Ask”Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.06.16 AM
  6. Click “Done”