As you are probably aware, lots of people, are advising you to turn off Java in your browser for security reasons.
So, let us clarify:
They’re configured separately.
Apologies if you already know this. But the names are a bit confusing.
I’ll keep this article short and simple by not going into too much detail about the differences here.
On the other hand, Java, made by Oracle, is a software package installed separately from your browser.
It can be used for creating and running all sorts of regular-style software: web servers, code editors, word processors and much more. These are called applications, just like any other application such as Microsoft Word.
Nevertheless, there have been several recent and widely-abused bugs in the applet part of Java that make your browser insecure.
So we are recommending that you turn off Java in your browser.
And that’s it.
But let me reiterate: we aren’t recommending that. And if you do, you won’t get rid of Java, which is probably what you want.
So – do you still have Java turned on in your web browser?
If your answer is “Yes” or “I’m not sure” then it’s time to take action.
Right now, cybercriminals are aware and exploiting serious security flaws in Java that could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware.
Here then are some simple instructions on how to disable Java in your particular browser.
- How to disable Java in Internet Explorer
- How to disable Java in Firefox
- How to disable Java in Chrome
- How to disable Java in Safari
- How to disable Java in Opera
So, what are you waiting for?
Isn’t this just a storm in a coffee cup?
No, it isn’t.
Time and time again we’re seeing examples of cybercriminals exploiting flaws in Java to infect innocent users’ computers.
For instance, earlier this year we saw more than 600,000 Macs infected by the Flashback malware because of a Java security flaw.
In fact, it has become increasingly common to see malware authors exploiting vulnerabilities in Java – as it is so commonly installed, and has been frequently found to be lacking when it comes to security.
Cybercriminals also love Java because it is multi-platform – capable of running on computers regardless of whether they are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.As a result it’s not unusual for us to see malicious hackers use Java as an integral part of their attack before serving up an OS-specific payload.
Again many thanks to Mark of Aspire IT Services for his permission to publish such an important article.