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Remove Java (+ A Friday Fun Video )

Folks, a headline I saw today reminds me that it has been a while since I have advised you to disable, or better yet, remove Java (and Java “plug ins”) from your computer.

So I’ll fix that and do it now. I won’t opine as to the quality of the code, I’ll simply say (of Java) it basically does nothing for you but let the (cyber)criminals in. See, New Java zero-day exploit could spread “mayhem”

(here’s the pertinent ‘blurb’) “Java has been hard hit in recent years and represents arguably the most common attack vector, prompting a number of security experts to advise users to simply remove the software for good.” Read more..

Okay, so how do you do that? Here:

or

TGIF:

Just noticed this article: Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the latest body to warn users to disable Java software amid escalating concerns over a serious, exploitable vulnerability.Read more..

Guess maybe I was right… But of course, if you happen to have some application that requires Java.. and you simply cannot do without it.. (ahem) you should keep Java up-to-date with the latest version. Probably the easiest way to do that is to get in the habit of regularly visiting Secunia’s Free Online Computer Scan – Online Software Inspector (uses Java) or download/install http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker. Keeping all your programs ‘patched’reduces your chances of getting zapped by a bad guy.

Today’s quote:The meal’s complete when the kitchen’s neat.” ~ Unknown

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January 11, 2013 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, News, security, software | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Paul, thanks for the Java reminder again but the Secuna site uses Java

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    Comment by Jim | January 12, 2013 | Reply

    • Jim,
      I am laughing. You’re right, of course, and I am a bit red-faced. Maybe I was thinking of their PSI, or just wasn’t (thinking).
      Maybe I should switch it to http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker..

      I’ll make some changes to the article. Thank you.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 12, 2013 | Reply


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