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Important information from Google about Chrome support for NPAPI ending

January 8th 2014 in Uncategorized

Cite: http://blog.chromium.org/2013/09/saying-goodbye-to-our-old-friend-npapi.html

Starting in January 2014, Chrome will block webpage-instantiated NPAPI plug-ins by default on the Stable channel. To avoid disruption to users, we will temporarily whitelist the most popular NPAPI plug-ins that are not already blocked for security reasons. These are: 

  1. Silverlight (launched by 15% of Chrome users last month)
  2. Unity (9.1%)
  3. Google Earth (9.1%)
  4. Java (8.9%) *
  5. Google Talk (8.7%)
  6. Facebook Video (6.0%)

Already blocked by default for security reasons.”

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A fascinating read:http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2014/01/03/reading-this-may-harm-your-computer/ 
Direct link to report:http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2374379 

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