Just a quick one, to remind you that there are ways you can have a dialog with users about tightening security controls. We’re beating the drum about Flash dying a death, and haven’t included it in our image since the Great Analytics Fiasco of 126.96.36.199. I’m not the most tolerant or creative tech out there, so luckily my boss comes up with ideas about how to deal with our C-level customers inability to roll with the punches and maybe adopt Safari extensions like Open In Chrome. After years of training our (mostly) PC users that ‘a bookmark will be on your Desktop’, it’s maybe understandable that they don’t want that one-click way to push the current webpage to Chrome when they get a page with ‘Missing Plug-In ->’ somewhere on it.
The thing we’re trying to avoid is calls from users saying ‘I noticed I didn’t have Flash and found this download on a TOTALLY LEGIT SITEINSTALLNOWPLEASEADMINPASSWORDGIVEIT’. Shortcut icons have been translated to things in the Dock for some of our customers, and we’ve been known to get handy with some AppleScript on some limited occasions, so…
How did we approach it? An ‘app’ called Open Flash that we stuck in their Dock. When you launch it, you are prompted to
Enter the website address you need to open with Flash: with some filled in text to insert https://www. in front (whether or not the dubdubdub is actually needed – we assume they’d copy-paste over the whole thing anyway). We even used the flash installer icon for the app, and our org’s branding in the dialog window 😅. When the hit return or click OK, it then launches Chrome (if closed) and opens whatever website was entered in a new Chrome tab. Is it some of our best work, that we’re proudest of? Maybe not, but if it stops ONE misguided download of Genieo, that’s one less janitorial task for us. Applescript below:
set s to display dialog "Enter the website address you need to open with Flash:" default answer "https://www." with icon path to resource "applet.icns" in bundle (path to me)
tell application "Google Chrome"
open location text returned of s