Guest LilBambi Posted January 22, 2013 Share Posted January 22, 2013 If You Can't Disable Java, What Can You Do? - PCMag Here's just a few areas where Java is used: But I Use Java!Then, there are the rest of us who actually use Java on a regular basis. "I doubt that anyone who pays attention to security advice is running Java, IE 6/7/8, et. al. because they want to—we run these things because we have to, and the decision is out of our control," security guru Jack Daniel wrote on Uncommon Sense Security. When I looked around to see what applications used Java, I realized many popular desktop applications fit the bill, including Office alternatives, ThinkFree Office, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice, as well as popular games such as Minecraft. Several Adobe applications also require Java to run certain components. Nothing to worry about, as these are standalone Java applications, and not the ones that run within the Web browser. . If you followed our step-by-step instructions, you disabled Java only in the browser. Local applications will still run fine. But it turns out there are plenty of gaming sites and businesses that still use Java. Specialized banking services, such as Citi Private Bank, which combines investing and traditional banking into one account, appear to be one example. Cloud services such as Box.net power bulk-file upload tools with Java. Citrix and Cisco both offer client-less SSL VPN products, which lets users establish a secure, remote-access VPN tunnel using a Java-enabled Web browser. Are you a student? Chances are your school uses Blackboard, which requires the latest version of the Java plugin to upload files and attachments, use the real-time chat feature Virtual Classroom, and to enable certain interactive features on the platform. Pogo.com and KidsPlayPark.com offer online Java games. Many Pogo users, worried about the latest threats, appear to have replaced Java 7 with Java 6 (which Oracle will no longer support after February), according to posts on the user forums. Just so you know, that's a spectacularly bad idea. There are plenty of attacks that target outdated software; there is no need to risk a whole different set of attacks just to avoid the latest crop. 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? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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