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Posted on 2013-01-18
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Hello, I'm on an iMac Intel 2.7 i5.  With all the talk about the Java and it's recent problems I want to be sure I go about this the right way.

Should I disable Java on my browsers?  I've already applied the update that recently came out but I just want to be sure.

Thanks Experts!
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by:itguy565
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Jacko_Pinto,

The Recent security venerability in the mac OS in relation to JAVA is a huge one.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/04/urgent-fix-for-zero-day-mac-java-flaw/

I would say for me JAVA is disabled mainly because I don't really use it on my mac. If you do use it however I would recommend that you perform a risk analysis and determine how serious the flaw is to you.

If you are worried about getting a virus using the protocol you can always do what I do. Instead of enabling JAVA on my mac I use Parallels Desktop and have created a Windows 7 Virtual Machine. This gives me the ability to take have a snapshot that I can revert to in 30 seconds if I were to somehow get a virus on my VM.

Parallels can be purchased from http://www.parallels.com you will also need a windows license to install Windows 7 if you use this option.
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by:Jacko_Pinto
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Thanks for the comment itguy565.

For work reasons I do a lot of web browsing... if I disable Java on Firefox and Safari, would I see-feel a difference?

Would I need to disable it in other places other than the web-browsers? And if so how would that affect me?

Thanks!
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You will not see or feel really any difference unless you go to a site that requires JAVA. In that case the site will load but without the java content.

If you want to completely uninstall it you can follow this website:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57408841-263/how-to-check-for-and-disable-java-in-os-x/

But just to disable it in the browsers should be sufficient.
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