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1/16/2013 10:00:00 AM
Java woes

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

You may have heard about Java's latest woes. Last Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to disable Java to protect their computers from potential attacks from hackers. The government agency says that all versions of Java 7 through update 10 are affected, and that web browsers using the Java 7 plug-in are at high risk.
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. In other words, a lot of websites use Java and if you remove it or disable it you may not be able to use those websites.
The Department of Homeland Security reported that hackers could entice potential victims with links to websites that host a malicious Java applet or breach a legitimate website and upload a malicious Java applet.
Oracle, the maker of Java, released a patch for Java 7 on Sunday to address vulnerability in the software that hackers are exploiting.
Let's face it. Java has been a security risk for years. That's why we keep seeing so many patches for it.
What are your options?
You can remove it. Then, if you miss it you can always reinstall. Go to Control Panel and remove it through Add and Remove Programs (XP) or Programs and Features (Vista, Windows 7). To reinstall it go to www.java.com.
OR, if you really have to have it, make sure you update it constantly.

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