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Patch Java now, or else get rid of it!

Patch Java now, or else get rid of it!
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Software company Oracle has released its semi-monthly Critical Patch Update, and it's a big one. There are a total of 113 security patches in all.

The ones that will matter to most of you has to do with Java. They patch another batch of security issues in Java that could give unauthorized users access to your computer. You can also limit your risk simply by changing the settings in your Internet browser.

Most of the vulnerabilities, as it happens, apply only to Java code running in your browser, so if you had browser Java turned off, as we have long recommended, your attack surface area, to use the trendy term, was already greatly reduced.

Java is a programming language certain programs need to run. It works with things like chat sites, online games and programs like one of my favorites, LibreOffice.

Always remember to watch out for these patches and Java updates. Also, Windows XP won't work with the new Java 8. XP users can still use Java 7, but updates will stop in April 2015. I'll tell you how to update Java here.

But do you even need Java at all? I'll tell you what I think. But here's the short version: You might just want to uninstall Java altogether to save yourself the headaches.

 

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