Java is ubiquitous as a cross platform computing environment, allowing many different devices to run software code.
It’s this popularity that has made it become a popular target for cyber criminals looking for computer vulnerabilities. Once installed on your system is should also be regularly updated as patches or security loopholes are closed
The 2012 security alerts around the Flashback malware affecting Mac computers demonstrated how important it is to update everything on your computer to avoid malware infections.
How to check your Java version
The Java Control Panel on your computer can normally be accessed by typing ‘java’ into your Windows search box. This allows you to check what version your system is running and to manually check for updates.
You can find more information about Java Update online.
Java will normally be set to auto update on your Windows computer but the frequency by default is often set to occur on the first day of every month which is a long time between checks.
We advise you either check for updates manually more often or use the Advanced Settings to check daily or weekly.
It is recommended that you uninstall older versions of Java when you update using Add or Remove Programs – keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
How to remove Java from your computer
Some security experts are now suggesting home users remove Java completely from their computers.
You can get guidance on removing Java from Windows computers altogether or more technical instructions on unplugging Java from your web browser which can help protect you from drive-by downloads when surfing the web.