If you’re one of the more than one billion people who uses the Java plug-in for your web browser, our Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen has tweeted message for you:
Do you have Java plugin in your browser? You’re vulnerable. Unless you run J2SE 1.x from the 1990s. And you shouldn’t. seclists.org/fulldisclosure…
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) September 26, 2012
Java plug-in vulnerabilities haven long presented opportunities for online criminals. In December of last year, Mikko wrote, “Do you need Java in your web browser? Seriously, do you? If not, get rid of it.”
How do you get rid of the Java Plug-in? Our Labs has made a helpful guide for the following browsers:
Seriously, take Mikko’s advice and disable it now. And if you need to use it again, just disable it when you’re done.