Java – Time To Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

January 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm by

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You have no doubt heard about the latest problems with Java and the zero-day exploit, where just visiting a malicious link could lead to an infection.  Oracle, to their credit, have rushed out a patch for the problem.

However, perhaps it’s time to consider removing Java from your computer.  I did this some time ago and can confirm that I have experienced no problems whatsoever.

Java used to be a requirement to enable exciting web content on sites.  However, things have moved on and Java is no longer required, at least for home users.  You may need Java for your Internet Banking – but I can get into my Bank just fine without it.  Businesses  and developers are not quite so lucky though.  Many will still need Java to allow the development of specific applications.

We seem to be seeing more and more of these vulnerabilities – I don’t think I would like to be a coder.

If you do not wish to remove Java then at least disable it – then, if you do need it, you can enable it for the required time, before disabling again.  You should also disable the Java plug-in in your browser, again only enabling it if absolutely required.

Don’t confuse Java with Javascript.  Javascript is something different – it’s a language used by your browser to help create an exciting experience on some websites.

Try living without Java – it’s easier than you think.  The only Java I now have is in my coffee cup.

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