Java is one of the top five ways cyber crooks infect your computer with malware. A quick and easy way to avoid this threat is to disable Java from your computer’s Internet browser. Many Internet websites use Java in their website design, and those sites depend on Java being enabled on your computer. However, it’s been my experience that most sites, at least the ones I visit (many) operate okay without Java enabled. However, if the ones you visit often don’t operate well without it, then enable it temporarily only when it’s necessary. Here’s a great article on Java’s use on your computer.
The dangers of Java and what to do about it
Since late 2010, Java exploits have become way more popular with hackers than the Adobe-related ones.
The problem with Java is not so much in the newly discovered vulnerabilities, as they get fixed pretty soon, but with the fact that too many users don’t update it regularly. In fact, many of them aren’t even aware of its existence on their machines.
Remember to update Java, and all your software regularly. See Reduce Virus Infections by 99.8%?
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