The SANS OUCH! Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter for Computer Users has released their January 2013 edition and it’s a great one. It’s titled Java, and covers the pluses and minuses of using Java. This blog has recommended in the past that Java not be used except if absolutely necessary. The issues of having Java on your computer are that it enables better functionality on Internet websites who use Java as their computer programming language. In other words, if you don’t have Java installed on your computer, some or all of the website’s functions may not work properly. The reason there is an issue in the first place is that cyber criminals use Java as an entrance for computer attacks.
This issue of OUCH! covers what Java is, the risks of Java, and the best defenses if using it. I recommend you read it and save it for future reference.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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