said by Jtmo:
... I have it disabled in the control panel.
Large scale attacks on banks from Iran, can they also target only USA computers??? Cyber attacks will increase going forward I believe.
Oh, and for anyone who has kids in school or University, ALEKS used for thier schoolwork requires Java and boy is it a pain.
Virtually every nation-state has its enemies somewhere... and most exploits are equal-opportunity - they don't care whose computers they infect or where, if only to enlist them as part of global bot networks or to try to infect still other systems. I think the key safe-hex thing to do is employ a triage mindset:
1) if you don't actually need
Java, get rid of it (including all its versions)
2) if you do truly need Java at times, keep it in chains (that is, disable it for browsing using the Java Control Panel, until it's specifically needed - then afterwards, disable it again... immediately)
3) make sure you only have the latest Java version installed (the rare exception should only
be made when the user absolutely knows that an older version is required
- which will exclude most Java users)
4) keep Java updated as soon as patches are released (given its favored-program status for hacking, it gets instant hacker attention when exploits are discovered)--
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. A. de Tocqueville