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    WASHINGTON AP — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

    The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.
    Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.
    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.
    Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.
    Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday.

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    Good post!

    Oracle issued an update, but if you really want to be safe you can disable or uninstall java.



    Disabling Java through the Java Control Panel will disable Java in all browsers.


    Find the Java Control Panel

    Windows XP
    • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
    • Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.

    Windows 7, Vista
    • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
    • In the Control Panel Search enter Java Control Panel.
    • Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.

    Windows 8
    Use search to find the Control Panel
    • Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
      OR
      Drag the Mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on the Searchicon.
    • In the search box enter Java Control Panel
    • Click on Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.




    Disable Java through the Java Control Panel


    Note: The example shows Java Control Panel for Java 7 Update 10

    1. In the Java Control Panel, click on the Security tab.
    2. Deselect the check box for Enable Java content in the browser. This will disable the Java plug-in in the browser.
    3. Click Apply. When the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog appears, allow permissions to make the changes.
    4. Click OK in the Java Plug-in confirmation window.
    5. Restart the browser for changes to take effect.




    RELATED INFORMATION


    Disable the Java content in the particular browser

    Internet Explorer

    The only way to completely disable Java in Internet Explorer (IE) is to disable Java through the Java Control Panel as noted above.

    For Mozilla Firefox: From the main menu select Tools > Add-ons. In the Add-on management window, choose Plugins. Find any plugins on the list that say Java and click the Disable button. Restart Firefox.

    For Google Chrome:
    Type “chrome://plugins/” (minus the quotes) into the browser address bar. Find any plugins on the list that say Java and click the Disable button.


    For Internet Explorer:
    I have been told that disabling Java in IE is complicated. The U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (USCERT) has some steps here. This may be a good time to switch to a different browser.


    For Safari:
    Click Preferences > Security tab > uncheck the Enable Java option.


    For Opera
    : Type “operalugins” (minus the quotes) into the browser’s address bar. Find any plugins on the list that say Java and click the Disable button.


    For OS X 10.7 and 10.8:
    go to Macintosh HD/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/ and remove the 1.7.0.jdk file. Older versions of OS X run Java 6.



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