Dwight Watt - Watt Thoughts #266 1/12/2013

#266 - Java security flaw (Watt Thoughts)

Oracle and the federal government has announced there is a flaw in Java and the recommendation is to disable it. However realize that you will not be able to view a number of web pages as Java is the language that some web developers use (particularly if you use the web to access information). Java is different than Javascript so pages using javascript will be fine. Firefox has an update that may have already installed on your machines that will not open Java unless it is page you request and approve opening. Oracle says they will have updates on Tuesday that will fix flaws so when you get request to update Java Tuesday do it. I would suggest at that point upgrade to latest Java.

To disable Java do the following:
Open Control Panel.
Launch the Java applet. You may need to change to Classic View (in XP) or small icons (in Vista or Windows 7).
Click the Security tab. (under older versions of Java it is the Java tab and you will un-enable all versions there)
Uncheck the box Enable Java content in the browser.
Click OK



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