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South African government entity creates a web browser to continue using Flash

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A South African government entity called SARS created a workaround to continue using Flash on their platform.

December 31 not only marked the end of 2020, it also marked the end of Flash. Adobe announced it in plenty of time for its technology partners to make the corresponding updates. However, it seems that not everyone was prepared for this change.

An alternative web browser to use Flash

The administration that manages and collects taxes in South Africa had many inconveniences in its platform, since their forms are based on Flash, and the migration is still incomplete. So users trying to use the website to perform the procedures encountered many headaches. It was impossible to view some forms, let alone complete them.

Although some suggestions were given to circumvent this problem by using web browsers such as Microsoft Edge, the problems persisted, since as Adobe anticipated, from January 12 a mechanism would be activated to prevent Flash from playing. This caused chaos among taxpayers and SARS (South African Revenue Service) had to use its Twitter account to calm things down while preparing a temporary solution: a web browser with support for Flash forms.

South African government entity creates a web browser to continue using Flash
South African government entity creates a web browser to continue using Flash

Yes, it is temporary and for exclusive use to complete procedures on the platform, it is not for web browsing. This will allow users to complete the Flash forms they need for their paperwork while SARS completes the migration to HTML5.

Users will only need to download this software on their Windows machines after going through a data form and following a few steps to enter the SARS platform.

In addition to being an insecure proposition considering the type of information, it can be a confusing dynamic for users, as they will be able to use Chrome or Firefox to complete and submit certain forms on the platform, while they will have to resort to the alternative browser for some who are still on Flash.

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