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This story is a bit old now, but still worth mentioning as even the most current Java update still has security flaws.

Java is mostly irrelevant today and can be uninstalled on most PC’s without people even noticing that it’s gone. At the very least I would recommend disabling Java in your browser.

January 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

 

The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.

 

Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java’s coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

 

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer’s operating system.

 

Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software’s creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.

 

Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday. (CBC)

 

For Chrome users such as myself, I would also recommend enabling the “Click to Play” feature. This feature will block all plug-ins, such as Flash, Silverlight, Java, etc.,  from running until you authorize it. Not only does this speed up web browsing, but also it also improves your browsers stability as it does not have to load plug-ins automatically when you visit a web page. Click here for a detailed explanation and instructions.

 

Java is Insecure and Awful, It’s Time to Disable It, and Here’s How (How-To Geek)

How to Protect Yourself From Java Security Problems if You Can’t Uninstall It (How-To Geek)

 

@radurader