August 30, 2012 1 Comment-
Java is a software platform that, even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably still used it on your computer, Mac or Windows. It’s installed on nearly every system out there, so you might be upset to learn that there is a very real threat for computers with it installed (… so almost everyone, everywhere. Uh-oh.)
This time (as there are always vulnerabilities appearing in software), the number of cyber attacks aimed at exploiting the security oversight has increased quite quickly.
This is because a method of using this exploit to infect computers with malware was integrated into the latest “Blackhole” attack toolkit – a set of programs sold on the black market to help criminals exploit computers.
The technical name for the Java exploit is CVE-2012-4681, but rather than detail more about the attack, we’re going to tell you how to prevent it affecting your system – by disabling Java in your web browser.
How to turn off Java applets – Internet Explorer
How to turn off Java applets – Firefox
How to turn off Java applets – Google Chrome
How to turn off Java applets – Safari
Think of this as like putting your car in the garage and never using it – it doesn’t solve the problem of car thieves, but it means they won’t try to steal it off you while you’re driving around town. And most websites should function fine without it.
If some sites you normally visit stop working, however, they may be Java-dependent, and then you’ll have to reverse the steps to turn these back on.
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