Recently, there’s been a lot of debate about the future of Flash on the web. While it’s an easy way to achieve cross-platform compatibility, many feel that it’s bloated, takes up far too much system resources, and will be rendered obsolete by HTML5. However, the current reality is that Flash is a vital component of the web, and will continue being important for the foreseeable future. If you’re like me though, you’ve quickly grown tired of all those annoying flash banners and videos enabled to auto-play on the sites you frequently browse.

That’s why on this edition of Better Browsing, I’m featuring FlashBlock, a great extension available for both Chrome and Firefox. Like its namesake implies, Flash Block blocks all flash content on any page. You can then manually choose to load any instance of flash you desire. For example, you can have FlashBlock work its magic on annoying banner ads, then manually enable the Flash video player you want to use. I love how dead-simple it is to use; there aren’t too many options to fiddle around with, but that’s a good thing. You can choose to also block Microsoft Silverlight, always/sometimes/never show the placeholder icon, and set up a white list of sites where Flash always works. Reclaim your computer’s CPU cycles with FlashBlock, and take control of your browsing experience!

Are there any extensions like FlashBlock you love? Let us know in the comments!