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Should I disable JAVA in my web browser due to current security vulnerability?

I'm not a IT pro, just a small business owner so I'm not always at the forefront of tech topics.  There is news in the past few days to completely disable JAVA in all my pc's web browsers.  

Should I do that or is there already a patch/fix?

If I do disable, two questions:

what functionality will I lose?
how will I know when to re-enable it?

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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
you can disable the plugin, java is NOT javascript so today there are just a few sites that (still) require java.
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contactnaeemCommented:
There is patch available from oracle but there is a mixed feedback about that patch so to be on safe side just diable java in all browsers.
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
Oracle did release a new java u11 edition fixing the problems from u10 but in general to reduce the amount of programs that needs to be patched, uninstall all software that you don't require.

also if you can avoid acrobat reader (and use PDF-XChange Viewer instead ) you disable another security issue.

Flash player is the 3rd. In Firefox you can use flashblock this willpause all flash animations on a website (white-list possible)
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Darr247Commented:
In my opinion, FlashPlayer is not inherently vulnerable, it's just that so many malwares use fake FlashPlayer installers as their access vector. A good reason not to allow users to install programs themselves, because most people will click those popups (actually zooming insets on the webpage, because who doesn't use a popup blocker?) that say "you need the latest flash player to view this content" without even thinking about it.
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