consider that security researchers allegedly notified
the company about the bug months ago. Or that the
patch apparently leaves in place weaknesses that
criminals could still exploit. Or that this is just the latest in
a long string of Java problems that have made the language
the overwhelming top choice for software-based computer hacks.
According to Reuters, the security firm Kaspersky Lab
estimates that Java was used in 50 percent of all attacks in
which hackers broke into computers by exploiting software bugs.
So while many media reports will direct you to the Oracle
website to promptly install Java 7 update 11, there remains
a far better option. Unless you’re one of the few Web
users who regularly uses an important site that requires Java,
take the advice of security experts like Adam Gowdiak of
Security Explorations and H.D. Moore of Rapid7 and just
disable it in your browser already.
To unplug Java:
In Firefox, select "Tools" from the main menu, then "Add-ons,"
then click the "Disable" button next to any Java plug-ins.
In Safari, click "Safari" in the main menu bar, then "Preferences,"
then select the "Security" tab and uncheck the button next to
In Chrome, type or copy "Chrome://Plugins" into your
browser's address bar, then click the "Disable"
button below any Java plug-ins.
In Internet Explorer, follow these instructions for disabling Java in
all browsers via the Control Panel. There is no way to completely
disable Java specifically in IE.
SOURCE : slate.com