Monday, 22 July 2013

How to fix your biggest Internet security risk?


Threats related to Java programming language are increasing day by day. It also reminds about the old whack-a-mole arcade game. With the vulnerable version of Java, your computer becomes prone to malware or other threats.


To stay safe, stop using Java or keep upgrading Java as well as use it more carefully. Developed in 1995, java allows programmers to write one program and use it on Windows, Apple OS X as well as other operating systems. Nowadays, Internet browsers use Java for interactive web content like online games. Even computers use Java to run useful programs such as free Office alternative LibreOffice and Adobe Creative Suite. In fact, it is estimated that java is running 850 million computers around the world.

When 600,000 Macs were infected with Flashback malware that targeted Java, many Apple users became attentive. Since then, moles were popping up through different holes. As per the recent exploit, the Department of Homeland Security recommended that all users should disable Java. In the latest editions of the browsers Safari and Firefox, Apple and Mozilla have turned off Java plug-ins automatically. Now, the latest version of Java has a one-click button which is easy to handle.

To remove older version of Java:

1. Get the recent version which is Version 7 Update 11.

2. For new security settings of Java, go to “Start”>> “Computer” and type "Javacpl.exe" in the search bar.

3. If it doesn’t appear then find it manually. For this, Go to “Start”>> “Computer” and open your “Local Disk (C:).” After that, go to “Program Files (x86)”>> “Java”>> “jre7”>> “bin” and scroll down until you see "javacpl.exe". On 32-bit computers, the file is in “Program Files”>> “Java”> “jre7”>> “bin.”

4. Run javacpl.exe to load Java’s control panel and choose “Security” tab. Uncheck the box written "Enable Java content in the browser." Restart any browser you are running.

For Mac users:

1. Go to “System Preferences” and click on “Java” icon.

2. This will result in Java disabling in your browser but you can use it for desktop programs.

Note: Don’t disable JavaScript as it is completely different.

3. Moreover, it is also not secure to run java for desktop programs. Thus, get it off if you are not using it.

4. For this task, go to “Start” >> “Control Panel” and click the “Uninstall a program” link. You will find Java on the list of programs. Uninstall any version of java you see. In 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 might be running Java 6.

In case, you are keeping Java then make sure to have the latest version installed. By following the above steps, you can remove the older versions. For more from the XpertCrewTM team, please follow us on Twitter @Techvedic or contact Techvedic’s computer support helpdesk, as per below contact-details:

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