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As you know, there is much talk on the web about the latest Java vulnerability, presumably coming from China. As I use Java a lot (being a non-geek !!) and that this is rumored to be quite serious, I would like your opinion on the matter. The usual remedy on the web is either to uninstall/disable Java altogether!
When I did this, however, I found that a lot lot of my favorite websites just did not function (at least not fully!). In particular, my online crosswords which I really like. So then as I use Firefox exclusively, I downloaded no-script (can remember that you use it yourself from previous article) and have used it sparingly (no whitelist's as yet).
That's actually just one example of several questions that I received this week relating to a recently discovered zero-day exploit of an unpatched vulnerability in Java. My understanding is that a fix is now available, but the scenario has brought to light something very important:
Let's look at each and why in situations like this it's so critical to understand that there is a difference.
Continue reading: How
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Answercast #49 - Printer troubleshooting, reactivating Hotmail, lost photos, backing up malware and more...
Are you worried that malware will be included in your backup or that your recovery partition is full? Wonder how to get your old Hotmail account back or change a battery? Need to recover files or save your browser from a hijacking? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
Answercast #49 - Printer troubleshooting, reactivating Hotmail, lost photos,
backing up malware and more...
How do I reactivate my Hotmail account?
A closed Hotmail account is either waiting for you to reactivate it or is closed for good. The only way to tell is to try it out.
Continue reading: How do I reactivate my Hotmail account?
My trip pictures vanished from my memory card. How can I recover
Even when traveling (or especially when traveling!), backing up is still important. A backup strategy would have saved these vacation photos.
Continue reading: My trip pictures vanished from my memory card. How can I recover them?
How do I recover my contact list in Outlook?
Recovering data from an Outlook PST file may not be possible. A complete backup would have saved an intact file for you.
Continue reading: How do I recover my contact list in Outlook?
My ISP's equipment is beeping and indicates a battery replacement is
needed. What do I do?
Very often, when equipment is signaling for a battery change... it needs a new battery!
Continue reading: My ISP's equipment is beeping and indicates a battery replacement is needed. What do I do?
How do I free up space on my recovery drive?
Recovery partitions are meant to only hold system recovery files. It shouldn't be written to, and doesn't need more space.
Continue reading: How do I free up space on my recovery drive?
If an automated backup might automatically backup malware, shouldn't
I backup manually when I know things are clean?
Backing up manually will not give you better options in recovering from malware; and could easily be worse than an automated system.
Continue reading: If an automated backup might automatically backup malware, shouldn't I backup manually when I know things are clean?
How do I get my two monitors to display at different maximum
Windows is capable of displaying two monitors each at their recommended resolution. Changing the monitor settings may do the trick.
Continue reading: How do I get my two monitors to display at different maximum resolutions?
Can I install Office 2010 and keep Outlook 2007?
Trying to run two versions of Microsoft Office at the same time usually does not work well. Better to pick one version and stick with it.
Continue reading: Can I install Office 2010 and keep Outlook 2007?
How do I remove this hijack of my search engine?
You will need to start taking the basic steps for removing malware from your machine. Even if it wasn't intended as malware, it is acting like it.
Continue reading: How do I remove this hijack of my search engine?
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*** Word o' the Week
A vulnerability is a bug or design flaw in software that allows that software to be used in some malicious and unintended way.
All software has bugs, which are nothing more than mistakes made in the design or implementation of the software. Bugs can take many forms from simply displaying something improperly to crashing the application or entire machine.
When a bug can be intentionally triggered and in turn exploited for malicious purposes that bug is termed a vulnerability.
The results of exploiting a vulnerability may have nothing to do with the software's primary purpose. All that matters is that the vulnerability can somehow be used by malware, typically to infect the machine on which the software is running.
Word o' the Week features a computer term or acronym taken from the Ask Leo! Glossary. If there's a word you're not sure of and would like to see defined, click here to let me know.
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