Another vulnerability has been discovered in Java; if Java is installed on your machine, malware authors can exploit it to infect your computer with something as simple as your visiting a malicious or hacked website.
As I write this, there is no update to Java, which means that there is no fix. Technically that makes this a "zero-day exploit".
The fix that most experts, including myself, are recommending is to remove Java from your machine. Chances are you don't actually need it anyway.
Continue reading: Should I disable
Java? And if so, how?
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Answercast #87 - Cleaning drives, posting comments, tablet flash drives, large videos and more...
Are you having troubles with video files downloading or playing? Can't post comments online or delete your Gmail account? Are your Office programs suddenly slow or need more room for email? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
Answercast #87 - Cleaning drives, posting comments, tablet flash drives, large
videos and more...
How can I safely wipe and dispose of old hard drives?
You can safely wipe old hard drives using a USB connector and free software. Giving them away will require a local solution.
Continue reading: How can I safely wipe and dispose of old hard drives?
How do I get Windows Live Mail to increase my storage
Windows Live Mail storage should increase as you need more space, although it might be better to use your own PC for your email storage and bypass online limits.
Continue reading: How do I get Windows Live Mail to increase my storage allocation?
Why are my Office programs suddenly taking a long time to start and
Office programs that take a long time to start and stop is a tough one to diagnose long distance. There are a few steps to try to get you back up to speed.
Continue reading: Why are my Office programs suddenly taking a long time to start and stop?
Why can't I copy this large video from my camera to my
Copying a large video from a camera should just work - unless there is not enough room, or errors, on your hard drive.
Continue reading: Why can't I copy this large video from my camera to my PC?
Why can't I post a comment on your website?
In order to post comments on a website, you need to have your computer configured in a way so that spam prevention programs can work. Otherwise, you'll get errors.
Continue reading: Why can't I post a comment on your website?
How do I delete my Gmail account if Gmail won't let
Closing a Gmail account requires several steps. If there is a problem, the error messages will help sort out what's going on.
Continue reading: How do I delete my Gmail account if Gmail won't let me?
If flash memory is being used in solid state drives, isn't it going
to wear out?
Solid state drives with flash memory will wear out much slower than their very cheap counterparts in thumbdrives and dongles.
Continue reading: If flash memory is being used in solid state drives, isn't it going to wear out?
How do I get this downloaded .avi file to play on my DVD
You won't be able to play an .avi file directly in a DVD player. Look for DVD creation software that allows the disc to be burnt properly for DVD player formats.
Continue reading: How do I get this downloaded .avi file to play on my DVD player?
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*** Word o' the Week
Java is both a compiled and interpreted language. What that means is that the actual Java program is first transformed or "compiled" into an optimized platform-independent intermediate form, which is then read and executed by a platform-specific runtime or VM (for Virtual Machine).
Java is most commonly used in one of two ways:
- for traditional desktop applications
- for web-based or web-hosted applications
In the later case a web page hosting a Java-based application will first require that the Java runtime be installed and add-ons integrated into the web browser. For desktop applications the Java runtime is typically installed as part of the application installation process.
Java has come under fire in recent years as programming errors or bugs in the runtime have been discovered and subsequently exploited by malware. Common advice is to uninstall Java, as it is not required by many programs, however it is easily installed and left on a computer by even just once visiting a website that happens to use Java.
*** Thoughts and Comments
Reminder: Leo's 2013 Sabbatical starts at the end of the month.
Uninstalled Java yet? You probably should. Chances are you don't need it, and if its installed on your machine it represents a security vulnerability. There's been lots of discussion in the tech press and elsewhere, and the consensus seems to be: uninstall it. More in this week's article Should I disable Java, and if so, how?.
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