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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Disable Java: US Govt issues additional warnings as security concerns escalate

Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites. 

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Technology/EDC130112-0000050/Disable-Java--US-Govt-issues-additional-warnings-as-security-concerns-escalate


To disable Java in All Browsers:
If you are using Java 7 Update 10, Open Control Panel and launch the Java applet. Click the Security tab and you will see a checkbox titled "Enable Java content in the browser." Uncheck that, click OK.

To disable Java in one Browser only:
In Chrome: Enter chrome://plugins in the browser's address bar. Scroll down to Java and click the link to disable it.

In Opera: Enter about:config in the address bar. Click the Java heading to expand that section, uncheck the checkbox, and click the Save button.

In Safari: Choose Preferences, choose Security, and deselect Enable Java.

In Internet Explorer: Only way is through the Java Control Panel. Open Control Panel and launch the Java applet, click the Advanced tab and expand the item titled Default Java for browsers. Uncheck the boxes for Microsoft Internet Explorer. You need to click the item and press spacebar in order to clear the checkmarks.

In Firefox: Launch Firefox Add-ons from the resulting menu. On the Plugins tab, click the Disable button next to "Java(TM) Platform." You can also disable Java for all Mozilla family browsers by unchecking the Mozilla family box in the Java control panel.

You need to restart your browser after you had done the above. You may also visit the Java test page at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp to confirm that Java is disabled.

If run across a website that relies on Java, you can temporarily enable Java for those sites until Oracle release an update patch for it.

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