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    Department of homeland security saying to uninstall java from all devices?

    I was drving home and heard on the radio the department of homeland security was asking people to remove java from their devices because of a security breach?? The news said this was issued about three hours ago. Has anyone heard anything about this? What could this mean? ideas?

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseack...-disable-java/

    There's a new security vulnerability. They're advising disabling it for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseack...-disable-java/

    There's a new security vulnerability. They're advising disabling it for now.
    as the article says, java has been a security risk for a long time, running around with it enabled on sites you don't trust was always a bad idea.
    DHS just finally decided to do something official about it imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goobernoob View Post
    as the article says, java has been a security risk for a long time, running around with it enabled on sites you don't trust was always a bad idea.
    DHS just finally decided to do something official about it imo.
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
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    if I have noscript and i dont allow any unusual scripts should i be fine?

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    Java != JavaScript

    Despite the name, they have basically nothing to do with each other.

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    java is and always was a very risky program.
    its really nice to slow down the operating system and browsers, too.

    a lot of online infections by browser are done with the help of java so its very good to disable it.
    most people don't even need java.

    noscript doesn't help you at all since its for javascript
    java has a much broader access to your computer than javascript

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaSHARK View Post
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
    This. A thousand times this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nevor View Post
    noscript doesn't help you at all since its for javascript
    java has a much broader access to your computer than javascript
    Don't let the name noscript fool you, it allows you to block all forms of active content including java/flash etc.

    edit: Link to noscript homepage for the curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaSHARK View Post
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
    I don't use Firefox, but I have anti-script addons for Chrome.

    I made sure my parents are running theirs. My dad is convinced that all's he need is his anti-virus and CCleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevor View Post
    noscript doesn't help you at all since its for javascript
    java has a much broader access to your computer than javascript
    Java and Javascript are not the same thing.
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    But what if you're taking a Java class?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaSHARK View Post
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
    I know about it but I must say have I've never felt a need to install it.
    Must be the lack of dodgey porn sites in my browser activity


    Quote Originally Posted by pacox View Post
    But what if you're taking a Java class?!?!?

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    "turns off coffee grinder" uff! im safe now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masark View Post
    Java != JavaScript

    Despite the name, they have basically nothing to do with each other.
    Not true at all. Just because they aren't -the same- does not mean they don't have relation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaSHARK View Post
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
    Hmmm honestly if you have take some care you dont need it that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    I know about it but I must say have I've never felt a need to install it.
    Must be the lack of dodgey porn sites in my browser activity
    That reasoning isn't going to keep you protected as much as using NoScript correctly would, in my opinion. If dodgy script is injected in to a site you consider safe (and it happens) then you'll pick something nasty up. You will reduce the chances by not visiting dodgy sites, but a safe site will eventually have something go through in an ad or someones signature. Any site that is popular has the potential to be hijacked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisisvacant View Post
    Not true at all. Just because they aren't -the same- does not mean they don't have relation.
    They don't have any relation beyond the superficial. The syntax of both is C-like and they follow similar naming conventions for stuff, but that's where it ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaSHARK View Post
    People actually use the internet without NoScript? Really?
    Yeeeeep. Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Depom View Post
    Don't let the name noscript fool you, it allows you to block all forms of active content including java/flash etc.

    edit: Link to noscript homepage for the curious.
    Also: THIS.

    NoScript blocks all sorts of obnoxious and flashy gizmos and whatsits that are in general: bad for you.
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