I heard something about Java, but wasn't sure what was going on. Is it safe to install or better to leave it alone? Lots of things require Java so was just wondering what is going on with it.
If you haven't already done so, you should uninstall any old versions of Java that you have and then install the most recent version (7_11). When you have this installed, you will get a warning every time you do something that requires Java to run and you will have to give permission for it to do so. If you get the warning when you don't expect it, it might be wise to refuse Java permission. The latest version has not had all it's problems solved yet.
There's multiple threads on this the homepage, and page two regarding Java and its recent concerns. To be fully informed you should take the time to review them.
security professionals and home land security are still recommending the removal/fully disable of java since there's still vulnerabilities with it, if you must use it do so very carefully and on a site by site basis. Only have the latest java version on your PC. Firefox has disabled java plugin in their browser. I personally have removed it from my computers that had it, the newest never had it installed.
These recommendations are not from me personally they are from home land security and the security professionals.
I add this disclaimer because unfortunately it has become necessary to do so here.
For details there's an abundance of information online.
Be aware that there's also now malware that masquerades as a java patch. Be absolutely certain to only get the patches and updates directly from Adobe. oops sorry meant oracle java site.
Here is a link that might be useful: malware as java patch
This post was edited by ravencajun on Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 20:13
"Be absolutely certain to only get the patches and updates directly from Adobe. "
Raven...did you mean Oracle?
sorry yes, see that's what happens when you are helping someone with flash on one site and java on another lol
there's a java tester here
thanks for noticing it.
Here is a link that might be useful: updates
I removed java from my system several weeks ago and have had no problems at all in doing the things i want to do.
It was nice to know you java.
I removed Java a long time ago because someone in here recommended it. Didn't miss it at all. When this scare came up I looked to be sure it was gone and I saw jscript, removed it when my gut told me not to with out checking to be sure. It disabled two of my Iwin games, but that is a simple fix. They are retail games will just reinstall them when I want to play them.
Corrine's blog references an article confirming concerns that Java still isn't fixed.
Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236255/New_bug_makes_moot_Java_s_latest_anti_exploit_defenses_claims_researcher
Computerworld is a well respected IT information source. The linked article concerning Java is timely.
In addition to talking about the continuing Java problems, Mr Gowdiak (spokesman for the group that found the security hole) also suggests that an existing feature common to both Chrome and Firefox prevents unauthorized Java execution.
"That may help prevent automatic and silent exploitation of known and not-yet-addressed Java plug-in vulnerabilities," Gowdiak said, repeating an earlier suggestion.