The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warned computer users on Thursday to disable Java 7 in their web browsers until the security vulnerabilities in the software are fixed.
How do you do this? Here’s an article that links you to instructions for each browser.
If you have Java 7 Update 10, you can use the Java Control Panel (on a Windows machine, you access this by going to the Start Menu – Control Panel – and double-clicking on the Java icon). Here’s where Java can be disabled by deselecting Enable Java Plug-in.
Java 7 Update 11 was released yesterday, but there is still concern about security.
The reality is, however, that Java 7 is used for so many programs, disabling it can be problematic. If you find you can’t get your work done without Java 7, then take steps to ensure that you don’t have passwords saved to your browser. One of the ways that identity thieves are exploiting Java is by using weaknesses in it to break into your web browser and steal passwords saved to it.