Decaf Java?

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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https://i0.wp.com/rack.3.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEzLzAyLzI2Lzk4L0phdmF0aHJlYXQuZGQwN2QuanBnCnAJdGh1bWIJOTUweDUzNCMKZQlqcGc/74de838b/259/Java-threat.jpgHopefully, you’ve heard about the recent security vulnerabilities involving Java. I blogged about it last month in this post.

“Patch and pray” might be a good start for dealing with software issues like this but you can do more. The reason? There’s always going to be another vulnerability and, in some cases, the bad guys will exploit it before the good guys have developed a defense for it — the dreaded “zero-day” vulnerability.

So what can you do? In my previous post I extolled the virtues of the NoScript browser plug-in as one approach. It doesn’t have to stop there, though.

There’s a good article entitled “How to Safely Keep Java in Your Web Browser” that points out just how difficult it is to wean yourself off of Java (the software — not the beverage) along with some possible strategies to lessen the risk. Among the techniques described involves using separate browsers for Java and non-Java content (which is sort of a more drastic version of the NoScript approach).

I hope you find it useful since going cold turkey with Java could be the equivalent of cutting off your nose to spite your face …

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Comments
  1. wolfbug says:

    Good, because I could never wean myself off of the beverage! When will this be out for Chrome or is will it exclusive to FireFox?

    • Ha! I won’t try to get between you and your coffee. Unfortunately, there’s no good answer for the NoScript for Chrome question. People have been asking for this for years and the creator says he will do it but it’s still not there. Fingers crossed …

      • wolfbug says:

        Good plan! It’s usually best to let coffee fanatics keep their habit ;). And I do hope he does! I really like Chrome but that feature would be great to have.

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