Adobe Flash 10.1 allows private browsing

The next big release for Adobe Flash Player, 10.1 will allow private browsing while web surfing in supported browsers.  Flash Player will automatically clear your flash history data off your computer once you terminate the session.

Adobe Flash Player will only work on supported web browsers with private browsing, including:

  • Internet Explorer 8.0+
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5+
  • Apple Safari 2.0+
  • Google Chrome 1.0+

Safari private browsing is currently not supported, but Adobe said it will work in future versions of Safari.

Adobe Flash Player will use the same concept that browsers use to storing data temporarily when private browsing is enabled, in a local storage location.  After the session is terminated, browsers will automatically clear history, cookies and any corresponding data to the session.  Flash Player will also remove any traces of user logins and passwords, when used in a flash player environment, with any other data associated with it.

Adobe said that other Flash Player instances will not be able to access your private browsing LSOs at any time.  When users enable private browsing, games and applications won’t be able to access your normal browsing history, acting as if you have never access the flash application before.

Users will still be able to access their camera and microphone at any time, but users will not be able to increase their storage limit when browsing in private mode.

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Thanks to Sudo for the news tip!

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Surprising but good news. Flash is such an integral part of modern browsing, that it needs to inherit the privacy settings properly. Good thinking there, Adobe!

Hopefully something better might come up after this release...and opera stable ain't supported? weird ==' or is it not written down there...

they should be more concerned with x64 support more than anything else.

because Mozilla's Minefield is somewhat useless without Flash support.

Adobe Flash Player will only work on supported web browsers with private browsing, including:

Internet Explorer 8.0+
Mozilla Firefox 3.5+
Apple Safari 2.0+
Google Chrome 1.0+

Safari private browsing is currently not supported, but Adobe said it will work in future versions of Safari.

Eh? So is Safari supported or not?

Andrew Lyle said,
Nope. Safari will be adding private browsing in future builds
Private browsing is already there since a long time ago. I assume they need some extra support in Safari to communicate with Flash that it is in privacy mode, or something.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 22 2010, 9:08am :

kraized said,

Eh? So is Safari supported or not?

Do you have trouble reading?

It clearly states that NO, Safari is NOT currently supported, however it should be supported in later versions of Safari as they are released.

Mikeyx11 said,

Do you have trouble reading?

It clearly states that NO, Safari is NOT currently supported, however it should be supported in later versions of Safari as they are released.

Erm, not quite. kraized's point was that in the list Safari 2.0+ is given as one of the supported browsers, and then it says underneath that it isn't. Is the assertion correct, or the list item? They can't both be. :)

kraized said,
Adobe Flash Player will only work on supported web browsers with private browsing, including:

Internet Explorer 8.0+
Mozilla Firefox 3.5+
Apple Safari 2.0+
Google Chrome 1.0+

Safari private browsing is currently not supported, but Adobe said it will work in future versions of Safari.

Eh? So is Safari supported or not?

Doesn't this just mean that it will work in Safari, but if you use private browsing, flash data will not be cleared with everything else?

I'm pretty sure it clearly states that Adobe Flash Player is supported in Safari, but the private browsing feature is not supported just yet.

I just want them to sort out there load issues, iv tried 10 and the latest beta's and each time when something uses flash, like a flash game or sometimes youtube, the load sits at 50% (i have a dual core) and then every so often it crashes.

Id rather they focus on that and 64bit support instead of allowing it to work in private browsing

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/000/6b3af6c9.html

Adobe is working on Flash Player support for 64-bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player. We expect to provide native support for 64-bit platforms in an upcoming release of Flash Player following the release of Flash Player 10.1.

Pam14160 said,
Still no support for 64 bit. Albeit, it sounds like a good improvement.
I don't think there'll be 64-bit support for a long time.

Wasn't Adobe saying they'll be adding 64bit support after 10.1? At least that's what I remember them writing at their labs page.

Pam14160 said,
Still no support for 64 bit. Albeit, it sounds like a good improvement.
I don't care at all for 64-bit, as long as it just gets less processor intensive. :S There has to be tons of work to do there.

Pam14160 said,
Still no support for 64 bit. Albeit, it sounds like a good improvement.

I agree, I think Flash is the only thing holding most browser orgs back from releasing 64-bit versions of their product since Flash is heavily used by many users. Considering they are in this "My browser version x is faster than your browser version y" war, 64-bit would certainly add to the fray. A 64-bit version DEFINITELY works faster than the 32-bit of the same version because everything is rendered faster (images, DOM, etc) and intensive JavaScript apps run faster as well. So +1 for 64-bit support!

@Dark Scizor - Yes, Adobe did say they would support 64-bit past version 10... but they have made empty promises in the past. There is already an 64-bit beta player out for Linux, but no Win/Mac from what I can see.