Listening to National Public Radio this evening I learned that a computer program which is very common on the internet, and which has served consumers excellently for a long time, has security problems that will not be easily remedied. I’m speaking of Java. Continuing to use Java may result in your being hacked and having someone gain access to personal information which could lead to identity theft. See: http://www.firstpost.com/tech/disable-java-plugin-security-flaw-puts-your-computer-at-risk-584523.html
I’m writing to recommend that you uninstall Open Office from your computer, because that marvelous free office suite runs on Java.
I have not only uninstalled Open Office from my computer, but have removed Java also. I may need to reinstall it if I get to a website that requires it. (Some government sites do, for instance.) But I think I’ll just wait to see whether I need it, and if I do, I can reinstall it. In the meantime, I’ll be safer not having it on my computer.
To uninstall Java on a Windows computer, go to the Start menu and select Control Panel. Then select Programs–uninstall a program. Look for Java in the list of programs and highlight it. Then click on the uninstall link at the top of that page. Then restart your computer.
In addition to this important security step, don’t forget to make sure your computer has the necessary system software updates. Security updates come out fairly frequently. To see whether you need updates, go to your Start menu, then click on Windows Update. That will start a script that will tell you which updates you should install, if any. It’s best to install the recommended ones.
Mac owners can Google how to update your Mac system software and how to uninstall Java. I don’t own a Mac, so you’re on your own in these matters.