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01-12-2013, 11:02 AM
U.S. warns computer users over Java security bug

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.
The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.
Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java’s coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.
Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer’s operating system.
Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software’s creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.
Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday.

To Disable Java.


I use Windows 7 and found it under Control Panel / Programs / Java.
I updated Java from there and then did the Disable as described in the article from PC Magazine.

01-12-2013, 02:11 PM
I read this today also. If you want to shut it off completely, you have to disable it in your web browser as it is packaged with most browsers and will not show in your installed programs list.


You can't use Yahoo mail and most legit sites without it on, so I chose to leave it on. The website you visit has to be hacked with this exploit for you to get it. Just stay away from questionable websites for the time being and you should be fine.