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:
- How to disable Java in your browser on Windows, Mac“Amid a serious security flaw in the latest version of Java 7, where even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable the plug-in, here’s how you do it.VIEW THE GALLERY
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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