Friday, January 11, 2013

Security & Hacking: Java Zero Day

Another day, another Zero Day, Java this time, seems to be general concensus is to uninstall it if possible for your situation, I haven't seen anything one way or the other if Firefox + NoScript is vulnerable or not, or if Chrome is vulnerable or not.

I would think that Firefox with NoScript would offer some protection, but I don't have the correct expertise to know or test that myself currently.

Would welcome any info yes or no about Firefox+NoScript and/or Google Chrome and this Zero Day.

How To Disable Java in Browsers:

How To Disable Java in Google Chrome: enter chrome://plugins/ in location bar (where URL's go, NOTE: you can Bookmark chrome://plugins/ so you don't have to manually type it in future), then click Disable. See for illustrations/screenshots.

How To Disable Java in Firefox:  Go to Add Ons (or Tools then Add Ons depending on your OS),  click the Add Ons Tab, Disable Java.  See for Screenshots.

How To Disable Java on IE (Internet Explorer), I haven't used IE in so many years, I am not going to write anything, just go to for clear instructions with Screenshots, I think it is easier just to uninstall Java if your using IE, but I don't trust my memory on IE, because it has been so long since I used it.

How to Disable Java in Safari:  Easily done, go to Preferences in Safari, Select Security, Uncheck Java.  Again for Screenshots see

Honestly I reccomend leaving it disabled, all my Browsers have had it disabled for a long time, I have not noticed any problems.

I recommend the same for Javascript.

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