Q. I saw on your Breaking Tech News page that Java got another new update that’s supposed to make it safe. Is that really true? It seems like it changes every week! I’m really worried, because a few of the sites I like to use require me to run Java. Please clear this up for me, Kim.
-Stacy, from Baltimore, MD, listens to my national radio show on WBAL 1090 AM
A. It’s like dÃÂ©jÃ vu all over again, Stacy! Just when the scary Java headlines had died down, Java came out of nowhere with an update that fixed almost 50 security issues. Of course, a few hours later hackers were bragging about finding a hole in Java that the update missed. So, it’s off to the races once more.
For those who haven’t been following this, Java is a programming language required for certain programs and websites. It runs many chat sites, online games and programs like LibreOffice.
Hackers have spent the last few months finding security flaws in Java that can help them take over your computer and steal your information.
It seems like every time Oracle, the company that develops Java, patches a security flaw, hackers find another one. That’s bad news since Java comes on most computers by default.
Now that hackers have found another new crack in Java, what should you do?