Shut off Java in your browser

January 14, 4:12 p.m. EST

The Java 7 exploit hit home. Home being my MacBook OS X 10.6.8.

That’s all I can figure.

I just shut off Java in my browser of Choice, Safari. My Mac has gone mad…Dropbox wants to “Install!” – wait a minute, I have mail inbox messages saying my iCloud storage is full? WTF?
I have had Dropbox up and running since it launched. I don’t use iCloud much – checking on iPhone I have 4.9 GB free out if 5GB!

This is not a goofy “phishing” expedition—it’s a whole frickin’ fleet!

For me this seems to have started with an email with a “private message” app sent by an acquaintance in California running  Windows.

I clicked on it and saw that to open and read the message, my Twitter or my FB login was required. Uh-oh.

No way, and sent an email asking if they had actually sent this. Nope.

And they were swamped with similar messages.

So, do yourself (and everyone else) a big favor and shut of Java in your browser preferences. Slate has a real good page on this and easy instructions.

I mean even Homeland Security advises the Java cut-off and (surprise) to avoid using the IE browser.
Solution? Wait until February when Java boss Oracle is due for a real update and hopefully, a solution. The “patch” that seems to have been hastily rolled out last night is, I think, a band-aid.

A barrage of questions, email and FB messages coming all day from friends dealing with this. What to shut off? What will happen? Why do they DO this?

According to Mashable, up to 850 million computers may be at risk right now from this. ZD Net says it may be two years before THIS issue is fixed–for private users and business users! Meanwhile, crooks will find more holes.

Try living without Java – you’ll probably be ok. You sure won’t be worse!

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area.

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