Government Suggests to Disable Java
Our computer support technicians try to follow the latest news on security. There seems to be more Java and Adobe security vulnerabilities being exploited by hackers than ever before and is even more of a target than computer viruses. Java is used on more than 1.1 billion desktops and 3 billion mobile devices and even 100% of all Blue-ray players. Java is known by many computer repair technicians for its constant security vulnerabilities being exploited by hackers and now even the government has suggested people disable Java on their computers until it can be patched from a recent bulletin they released. This most recent security issue was actually created from a security patch Oracle released to fix a previous security issue with java.
Because of all the security problems with Java it a good idea to not even install Java unless you have a program or web page that requires it in order to run.
Do You Have Java Installed?
You can easily check to see if you have Java installed. The process is a bit different between Windows XP and Windows 7, but should be easy from either operating system.
-Click on the Start button. On Windows 7 type in “programs and features” and press the Enter key. In Windows XP, click on Control Panel and then double click on Add or Remove Programs. From here you can search the list of installed programs for Java or Oracle Java.
What you should do about this Java security vulnerability
You should first find out if any program or web site you need uses Java. If you do and you uninstall Java you may not be able to use that program or web site until you reinstall Java again. Also, some web sites require a certain version of Java to work and are not compatible with the latest Java version.
If you don’t need Java the best thing to do would be to simply uninstall it. To uninstall Java simply follow the instructions above on how to find out if it is installed. Then select Java and click Uninstall and restart your computer. Once Java is patched again you can install Java again if you require it. To install Java simply go to the Oracle Java web site at www.java.com and click the big red link called Free Java Download and follow the simply instructions. Be careful, though, about junk programs trying to get installed too. Read more about junk programs here and learn what to watch out for.
Keeping Windows and Other programs Up-To-Date
Microsoft and other software developers keep coming out with updates or patches to fix problems. Like most computer technicians will advise, keeping Windows up-to-date will help keep your computer secure. What a lot of people don’t know, or simply don’t do, is that you also need to keep 3rd party software up-to-date too such as Java, Adobe and FireFox amongst others. With our managed IT services, we constantly check and make sure these other 3rd party software programs stay up-to-date too along with Windows.
Microsoft is Taking Action to Help in Windows 8
Programs like Java, amongst others, can really give Windows itself a bad reputation. Just because Java has problems doesn’t mean Windows itself has been made poorly. If more software developers would develop better programs I think people would have less “Windows” problems. Microsoft has actually taken action on this problem in Windows 8. In Windows 8, Microsoft has created the Windows Store. Just like the iPhone App Store or the Android Play Store, Microsoft created this program to easily allow users to find and install programs to your Windows 8 computer. Microsoft has requirements in place for developers before they are allowed to be listed in the Windows Store and Microsoft scans the programs to check for viruses and security vulnerabilities before being approved. Companies will also be able to submit their own programs into the Windows Store for only their employees to access. This could make it a lot easier for users to install progtrams that are allowed to use themself instead of needing help from the IT department.
If you have questions about your computer’s security or need help with Java, give us a call at 406-414-0532 and one of our computer technicians will be happy to help.