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This new browser update could block your favorite sites

This new browser update could block your favorite sites
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If it seems like I am always telling you about software updates and the urgency to install them, it's because it really is important. In the arms race between hackers and software security folks, as soon as new security patches are released, it tells the hackers exactly how to break into any system that is not yet updated. So stay aware of updates for your gadgets and install them as soon as you can.

However, one recent update for the popular browser Chrome, might affect your ability to visit some favorite websites. Chrome has shut down a way that hackers targeted computers and that in turn stops certain websites from working correctly in Chrome.

This all centers around Java and its endless string of security holes. I've written for years about the dangers of having Java running in your browser, and how just visiting the wrong page could let hackers into your computer.

Apple computers have shipped with Java disabled for a while, but on the much larger PC side, it's still alive and well. Google has finally decided enough is enough and in the new Chrome 42, Java is disabled by default.

In fact, Google went ahead and disabled enter group of plug-ins that used NPAPI to connect to the browser. For a while now NPAPI hasn't been very secure and so Google is getting rid of it.

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