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  1. Up to now I've used Gambas as programming language for developing my apps under Linux. That is mainly because I came from a Visual Studio Dot Net enviroment on my work. I would like to expand my programming knowledge and switch to another programming language because my ultimate goal is to develop some Android Apps in the future. But I must learn the new Java language of course because AFAIK Java is used for Android programming I have some questions: I hear quite a lot of security issues from the Java front. What is the impact of those 'holes' Why would I use Java instead of Python? Can I roll-out Java apps as a deb-file? TIA guys, A.J.
  2. If You Can't Disable Java, What Can You Do? - PCMag Here's just a few areas where Java is used: And don't forget the security tool, Secunia's Online Software Inspector, RSS Owl, and many other Open Source programs. They mention that LogMeIn free uses ActiveX. That's a better alternative?! They must be kidding! And as they say in the article, some just can't move from using Java based programs and it's out of their control. And what about Android which is based in part on Java. And a bazillion devices that people use every day that are based on full or in part Java. And they are almost all on the Internet and people have no idea what OS it's based on or if their device is based on it, or their phone. Sure if you know for a fact that you don't use Java, fine. Uninstall it. Same with Flash, Adobe Reader, RealPlayer, and any other plugin out there. You will definitely be safer online. But I think we have to ask ourselves a few questions on this. Why is Java being targeted so badly. Yes, Oracle needs to be better at this but that's not the only reason. Think about those that will benefit from the loss of Open Source alternatives like OpenOffice, LibreOffice, alternatives to MS Office, Corel WordPerfect and a host of others. Android OS/devices alternatives to Mac iOS devices, and Microsoft's Windows 8 RT and Windows Phone Mobile devices. Complimentary security programs like Secunia's online software inspector to assist in making sure you are up to date. Many NASA JPL programs to see the orbits of comets and asteroids, and the list goes on and on. Oracle needs to get on the stick. They need to keep Java updated and the best it can be. There needs to be alternatives, cross platform alternatives, to things like ActiveX and other OS specific alternatives. So, I ask again. Who is sounding the alarm the most? Or more importantly, who may be behind the alarm to kill this Java and why?
  3. Once again there are reports of a Java zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited in the wild. All versions of Java are impacted, including the most recent release, JRE 7, Update 10. With any version of Java installed on your computer, visiting a malicious link can result in a serious malware infection. Significantly, the exploit is not operating system and, although currently targeting Windows systems, can also run the same code on Mac OS X or Linux. Recommendations in my blog post at Java Zero-Day (Again), Time To Disable/Remove Java
  4. http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/09/yet-another-java-flaw-allows-complete-bypass-of-security-sandbox/
  5. New, sneakier Flashback malware infects Macs Computerworld More at the 2 page article at Computerworld above. I did a follow up article about this on my FransComputerServices Blog here with some alternatives to heavy handed antivirus programs with real time scanning. At least at this time with Macs.
  6. Lessons for IT, Apple in Flashback brouhaha - Computerworld It's clear that OS X is now a target of malware purveyors By Ryan Faas April 16, 2012 06:54 AM ET Excellent and well rounded article by Ryan Faas. He doesn't pull any punches which is I think a good thing. This type of article is very important if Apple is to grow up in this malware infested world we live in. They need to be open, honest, and quick to respond. ALWAYS! This is the type of scrutiny Microsoft had to endure when it was being foolish about malware in the beginning as well.
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