Why is there a new Java update every other freaking day?
What's to update so much?
I stopped updating a year ago, my computer works just fine.
It's the trickster gods of the Javanese having fun at your expense.
It bugs me as well.
I've actually removed Java early this year when we were getting the security warnings about it.
I didn't realize I don't visit any sites that require it, so I haven't missed it. But have the new updates alleviated the NSA concerns?
Anyone who doesn't strictly need java should remove it, it's a huge security risk
Agree with R5 and R6 - I got rid of Java after the security warnings and didn't realize I didn't even need it in the first place.
R5/R6/R7 = idiots
Fine, they're idiots, R8. But please tell me which sites require Java and WTF is it supposed to do? I ask because my computer is recovering from a nasty virus, and I know it's because I downloaded some software is shouldn't have, and I also inadvertently clicked on links to sites that were infested with viruses. So now that I'm clean, I'm careful. I keep getting the update alert, and I keep ignoring it. I need to know why I need it first.
What would change if I got rid of Java?
Very little requires it any more.
Does Datalounge require Java?
Thanks, R11. What are the benefits of removing it?
You're supposed to be able to set an option for no update reminders, but Java overrides that and you get daily reminders. I have ignored the reminders for more than a year. It's a real annoyance. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one.
I was just on Facebook and I got a pop up alert that Java was attempting to run a script and wanted me to click "Allow." I didn't. I still don't know what it does.
Don't get me started on how often you need to update ITunes. What is that all about?
I use Firefox as my browser. I have two useful add-ons: NoScript and WOT (Web of Trust).
Web of Trust puts a little ring ofeither green, yellow or red next to my browser and google searches to tell me if the site is safe or has issues (spammy, virusy, etc.).
I "permanently allow" scripts on only a handful of sites I really trust, such as my email providers.
Thanks, R17. I've just installed NoScript. Hope I like it as much as you do.
HATED Java, and after reading about all of the troubles with it and possible spyware, I ditched it.
My computer seems to operate much better, too.
Is it my imagination, or is my computer faster sans Java/avec NoScript? I used to have to wait what seemed like forever for new threads to arrive on DL. Now, it's like I have a brand new computer.
It looks like some people are still recommending that people disable Java if they don't specifically need to utilize the program.
The attached article is dated yesterday, but it contains almost exactly the same information & warning that was being put out at the beginning of the year.
Firefox wasn't even allowing the Java add-on to be used at all in January - even with the newest version. Now I think Firefox allows you to use whatever the latest version is, but they give you a warning each time and you have to click approval indicating that the site you are visiting is known "safe."
Another person who uninstalled Java here. Did it about a year ago after I got sick to death of the constant requests to update, and I recall a total of one website since then which wanted me to have it to work properly. It allows interaction with the user, which some programs need, but the average person doesn't need it on their computer at all.
I needed Java to order new checks online from Chase's website.
I love the Java Jive and it loves me.
Java was developed to be a cross browser tool. In the old days both Netscape and IE, had proprietary tools.
Java was developed as a program language that would allow a tiny program to run in any platform on any browser.
Java is full of holes, but to be fair so are most programming languages. Java updates are good because they fix the holes and exploits. One should always update immediately.
If you don't want this remove Java. I would recommend using the free tool "revo uninstaller" to remove all traces of Java from your computer.
The US government by the way, recommends not installing Java as it's considered an unsecured a platform at the moment.
Java is SUPER shady.
When I unclick "Look for Updates Automatically" when I go back it is selected again.