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That is what is being recommended by security firms in the light of concerns that it leaves machines open to attacks.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/27/us-cybersecurity-java-idUSBRE87Q18820120827

 

There is also a test page so you can tell if your java version is exploitable

 

http://www.isjavaexploitable.com/

 

(I'm glad I don't have java installed and haven't for quite a few years)

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I'm using NoScript which blocks all Java and JavaScripts automatically (if I don't enable them manually).

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I know Google Chrome doesn't run Java content without manual approval. Do other browsers do this too?

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A lot of machines that go to repair shops have outdated java versions on them :(

 

Thing is though it is also the latest java version that is vulnerable.

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Also Java-less for a long long time.

 

Unless you specifically need Java, (gaming maybe?), it's not really worth having on your machine.

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Games and some sites (like online banks) use Java.

Actions to take :-

1.

Switch to a bank that allows use of Non-IE browsers and excludes Java from its requirements

 

2.

Check whether the bank's casual attitude has leaked information that has/may result in identity fraud against you. This may help

http://www.topcashback.co.uk/credit_expert_free_experian_credit_report/

 

3.

Uninstall Java.

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Thanks Hazelnut. I use Waterfox now and updated to Java7 update7 (64bit) and that warning site says my version is safe. NoScript keeps Java off till I tell it to run anyway. ;)

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Some fun facts: JavaRa (the Java repair/removal tool that I write/maintain) download numbers have quadrupled since Oracle's mess started. An average of 18,000 people are using it to remove Java every single day.

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I know Google Chrome doesn't run Java content without manual approval. Do other browsers do this too?

 

The last time I actually used Java for anything was to use Trend Micro Housecall, their free online virus scan which would prompt in both those old versions of IE and Firefox. I do remember visiting a site years ago which back then has some nifty Java stuff on it that automatically ran in both IE and Firefox with not prompting.

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Are you guys trying to kill Java? :lol:

 

I never trusted Java, seeing it is a multi-platform attack surface. We need fewer attack areas, not more!

 

Thanks for the update! Bye bye, java! Pity that Open Office uses it...

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The difference is Java actually does some nice things. Unlike flash.

 

I hate flash.

 

:)

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I have never installed Java on any of my systems and refuse to install Java just because a program needs it to run. If a program requires Java, I don't use it.

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I have never installed Java on any of my systems and refuse to install Java just because a program needs it to run. If a program requires Java, I don't use it.

 

I used to think that way, but then, your stuck with supporting MS with Office 2007/2010/etc... Else, using freebie Open Office... Which is more evil? :o

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