On January 10, Ars Technica reported that a security hole existed in the latest version of Java software. The potential existed for malicious coders to secretly install key-logging programs and malware onto computers. The exploits were deployed from a variety of websites and it was unclear as to how many people were affected.
Java responded by quickly issuing a fix on January 13, but researchers found that the malicious code was still successful at bypassing these updated security measures.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has compiled an overview of the Java systems that are affected. Since Java has been compromised on this and previous occasions, the CERT recommends that Java be disabled from all web browsers until adequate updates are available.
Prophet Business Group’s Network team agrees with this course of action. Some people suggest complete removal of Java from your computer, but it may still be required to view some websites. For this reason, our Network team does not recommend Java’s complete removal.
Here are the necessary steps to disable Java from the following Internet browsers:
- Chrome – type chrome://plugins in the address bar. Scroll down to Java and disable it
- Internet Explorer – access the Windows Control Panel and select Java. When the window appears, choose Advanced and expand the item Default Java for browsers. Uncheck the box for Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Safari – choose Preferences > Security> and deselect Enable Java
- Firefox – click the Firefox button at the top and choose Add-ons from the menu. On the Plugins tab, click the Disable button next to “Java ™ Platform.” NOTE: To disable Java for all Mozilla-family browsers, simply uncheck the Mozilla-family box in the Java control panel.
Java software, released in 1995, is a web add-on that helps run Internet utilities, games, and business applications. It runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices such as tablets and televisions. If you think you don’t have Java on your device, you’re probably wrong.
If you require assistance or further information on this Java security issue, do not hesitate to contact Prophet Business Group in Winnipeg at 204-982-9890. Our Network team takes Internet security very seriously and is here to help.