Setup Adobe Flash Permissions For Applications
By on August 14th, 2009

Adobe Flash Player, thou art great. But Adobe Flash Player, thou art not my playmate. Ok, I know I suck at poetry and that was a really bad attempt. But anyways, we are talking about Adobe Flash Player here, you got the idea? Cool.

Adobe Flash Player, whatever distress it might cause to developers or users alike, is still very prominently used today. Many applications are based on it and many people make a living from it. But our dear Flash Player has a minor Security Feature. A security feature, that’s not loved much.

Flash Player warning

Recognize this warning? This dialog always pops up whenever a flash object tries to connect to another location which is either on the internet or another network. So, this will pop up when a locally saved flash file will try to connect to an internet based location. The warning will popup for any flash object that is using as older security algorithm.

This security feature, does actually save you from many threats, but if you know that the location the flash object is trying to communicate with is safe, you can change the settings.

  1. Click the Settings button from the dialog that pops up (as seen in picture above)
  2. The Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager will open in a new tab. In the Manager, Click the Edit Locations link, add a location and browse for the file you wish to add to the whitelist.

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You can set flash player to always ask for your permission when a potentially unsafe connection is going to be made (Recommended), set it to always allow any connection (not recommended) or deny all connections. Any location which will be added to the Trusted list will be exempted from any interference while running or creating a connection.

Settings Manager

If you trust’ an entire directory, all the files and subdirectories in that directory will be also be added to the whitelist. If you still get the warning, you might need to add a few more files to the whitelist as some flash objects need a swf file as well a html file for working.

Needless to say, Adobe should have made this process of allowing applications network access far more easier. It should have been inbuilt into the browser or flash object itself, and the user need not go to the Adobe site to change settings. That’s why I said. Adobe Flash Player, thou art not my playmate

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Author: Keshav Khera
Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)

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