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    Re: US Government Tells Computer Users to DISABLE Java.....

    If past hacking attacks by Anonymous on U.S. gov websites and databases is any indication, they won't need Java to get in.

    This warning most likely pertains to less organized hackers.

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    Re: US Government Tells Computer Users to DISABLE Java.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    ...has any evidence been presented to suggest it was China? Are you really asking why people aren't jumping to a conclusion that is 100% speculation?
    Well I asked that question of Pete as he had named off quite a few others. Since he didn't mention China I thought why not ask about them too. Since they have been up into our systems before. I mean if they can hack the Pentagon. Why not java?

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    Re: Government Says to Disable Java

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    The Department of Homeland Security is claiming that Java has a flaw and is open to hackers to play around in. It seems like this site and just about everywhere you go these days requires you to have Java enabled. I wasn't exactly sure how I could go about disabling Java so here is a site that tells you how to do it. You can also disable Java through whatever browser you use via Internet Tools.

    How to Disable Java | PCMag.com

    Well I run Windows XP 64 bit software so the instructions given in the above website were not exactly the way I went about disabling Java. Well, it's disabled and now Google refuses to search for topics. It keeps telling me that I need to download some software. Well this is one way to hamstring computer users. Everything on the Internet these days appears to be controlled by Java.
    You really don't have to disable Java, just reconfigure your setting in the Java Control Panel as outline in these Java JE Documentation instructions provided from Oracle themselves. (See the section on "Security Options for Trusted Signed or Self-Signed Apps" specifically lower down the webpage.)
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    Re: Government Says to Disable Java

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    You really don't have to diseble Java, just reconfigure your setting in the Java Control Panel as outline in these Java JE Documentation instructions provided from Oracle themselves. (See the section on "Security Options for Trusted Signed or Self-Signed Apps" specifically lower down the webpage.)
    This site looks like it assumes everyone is using Windows 7 or Vista. I am one of the last holdouts for XP 64 bit. I will eventually change over to 7, but right now, that change would really upset my gaming on Steam, and replacing all those Steam downloads won't be easy since my provider is Hughesnet, and I face a daily penalty for any downloads that exceed 250 megabytes. Hence, I will stay with the most stable software around, XP. Now, in XP, it appears that if you go into View inside the Java Control Panel, you are given the choice of a box to uncheck. That kills Java for everything, which is a lose lose situation with me.

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    Re: US Government Tells Computer Users to DISABLE Java.....

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    The problem with java being hacked is a web page that seems perfectly legitimate may redirect you to a site that uses your java app to gain access to your PC and implant a virus. It happens quickly and silently and probably more from websites that are small private ones, porn, cheat sites or torrent. You can go into your browser settings and disable Java, then if you go to a banking site that loses functionality you can turn it back on temporarily to do your banking.
    You really don't have to disable Java in order to protect your computer from hackers. There are several layers of protection you can take including re-configuring some of your Java setting using the Java Control Panel as I mentioned in my post above. (See Java SE Documentation instructions for details.)

    It all really starts with your wireless router. If your pass-through security protocals up correctly INCLUDING setting strong password protection and encryption settings on top of changing Java settings accordingly, you really shouldn't have many problems. Still, I can understand the fed informing the public about this vulnerability. The really experienced hackers know how to string mulitple home computers together in order to "phish" for the information they need even if it means doing things the typical computer user thinks is only Sci-Fi and actually pulling it off (i.e., using multiple PCs to create a powerful supercomputer to find anything they want!).

    Take the necessary small in-home security steps to protect your PC from being hacked and you effectively take one more PC off the insecure grid.

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    Re: Government Says to Disable Java

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    This site looks like it assumes everyone is using Windows 7 or Vista. I am one of the last holdouts for XP 64 bit. I will eventually change over to 7, but right now, that change would really upset my gaming on Steam, and replacing all those Steam downloads won't be easy since my provider is Hughesnet, and I face a daily penalty for any downloads that exceed 250 megabytes. Hence, I will stay with the most stable software around, XP. Now, in XP, it appears that if you go into View inside the Java Control Panel, you are given the choice of a box to uncheck. That kills Java for everything, which is a lose lose situation with me.
    Sorry to hear that. Still, if you setup stronger encyrption protocals starting with your wireless router, you should be ok. If you could also set your "trust signer certificates" to warn you BEFORE changes are made to your PC, that will certainly help warn you before any changes take affect. Also, ensure your using commercial anti-virus software, not some free "limited features" cornflake software, and keep it up-to-date DAILY! even if you have to perform the undate manually.

    Simple steps to an obvious potentially dangerous security problem, but there are ways to protect yourself. It starts with your security protocals in your router and goes from there.

    Good Luck!

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    Re: Government Says to Disable Java

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    This site looks like it assumes everyone is using Windows 7 or Vista. I am one of the last holdouts for XP 64 bit. I will eventually change over to 7, but right now, that change would really upset my gaming on Steam, and replacing all those Steam downloads won't be easy since my provider is Hughesnet, and I face a daily penalty for any downloads that exceed 250 megabytes. Hence, I will stay with the most stable software around, XP. Now, in XP, it appears that if you go into View inside the Java Control Panel, you are given the choice of a box to uncheck. That kills Java for everything, which is a lose lose situation with me.
    Err....Open steam, press "Steam" in the top left hand corner... and there is.. Backup and restore games. Connect a USB harddrive and back up to that... simple!
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    Re: US Government Tells Computer Users to DISABLE Java.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    Google won't do any searches without Java.
    Mine works fines.


    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    You really don't have to disable Java in order to protect your computer from hackers. There are several layers of protection you can take including re-configuring some of your Java setting using the Java Control Panel as I mentioned in my post above. (See Java SE Documentation instructions for details.)

    It all really starts with your wireless router. If your pass-through security protocals up correctly INCLUDING setting strong password protection and encryption settings on top of changing Java settings accordingly, you really shouldn't have many problems. Still, I can understand the fed informing the public about this vulnerability. The really experienced hackers know how to string mulitple home computers together in order to "phish" for the information they need even if it means doing things the typical computer user thinks is only Sci-Fi and actually pulling it off (i.e., using multiple PCs to create a powerful supercomputer to find anything they want!).

    Take the necessary small in-home security steps to protect your PC from being hacked and you effectively take one more PC off the insecure grid.

    It's pretty easy to go inside your browser addons/options and disable the Java app without losing much functionality. Oracle said today they have a fix coming out shortly, so I'll wait for that before turning it back on.
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