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How to turn off Java in your browser – and why you should do it now

30 Aug 2012 191 Java, Malware, Vulnerability

IMPORTANT: The article below was written in August 2012, in response to a security scare involving Java. Although that particular scare has now passed for users who have kept their Java installation updated (or disabled Java in their browser), the article below is still relevant as vulnerabilities continue to be found in Java, and exploited by malicious hackers. Below, we explain how to disable Java in your browser – if you decide that is the best course of action for you. .. Time and time again we’re seeing examples of cybercriminals exploiting flaws in Java to infect innocent users’ computers. For instance, earlier this year we saw more than 600,000 Macs infected by the Flashback malware because of a Java security flaw. In fact, it has become increasingly common to see malware authors exploiting vulnerabilities in Java – as it is so commonly installed, and has been frequently found to be lacking when it comes to security. Cybercriminals also love Java because it is multi-platform – capable of running on computers regardless of whether they are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. As a result it’s not unusual for us to see malicious hackers use Java as an integral part of their attack before serving up an OS-specific payload. As the following video demonstrates, the bad guys have even created multi-platform Java malware which can hit your computer whether you are running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux...
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/30/how-turn-off-java-browser/

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