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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web.
Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.
"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a posting on its website late on Thursday.
U.S. Warning Over Java Vulnerability [reuters.com]
"This and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered," the agency said. "To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, disable Java in Web browsers."
I think now days more people understand, even on a Joe the Blocker level, what the diff is.
The best thing to do is remove java from your system unless you REALLY need it. It's heavy on your system without any real use.
Make all plugins click to run. That way they di not use resources except when you need them.
I have Java installed because I recently tried out some Java desktop apps, but I do not have a browser plugin.I am not 100% sure but I think it will automatically install the plugin. I think the browser plugin is part of the installation. Check your browser to verify it.
What if you run NetBeans, Eclipse or a zillion other Java-based apps? I think they mean you should disable Java in the browser, not on your computer in general, no?
I guess, you mean to disable it. But it still takes some resources. And there is NO use of Java for me (and most of computer users) then why to keep it on the system?