Have you heard about the new zero-day security exploit in the popular Java software? Chances are if you have a desktop or laptop computer you have Java installed – either by default or the first time you tried to access a site that required it. Hackers finding exploits in software is nothing new, but what makes this exploit so dangerous is that it’s almost impossible to detect and there has been wide spread publication of how to use the exploit, resulting in many examples of hackers using it on the Internet.
So what do you do to protect yourself? Oracle, the makers of Java, have released a security patch. Your Java software updater should prompt you next time the java updated connects to the Internet that there is an update available. If you have not received this update you can download the latest patched version of Java by going to http://www.java.com and clicking Free Download or by selecting your operating system on the manual install page at http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp. If you are prompted that you already have the latest version of Java, then you are safe.
I highly recommend downloading and installing the update. If you are using a tablet or phone with Android or iOS there is no need to worry as the exploit does not affect those operating systems at this time.
P.S. To read Oracle’s official security alert click here.