Is Java turned on in your web browser?
Turns out Microsoft has created a product in Windows 7 and Windows 8 that is pretty hard for the hackers to attack. They have changed course and are going after Java. Why? It is everywhere and is much easier to attack than the Windows operating system.
Java is a pretty big fish to go after. Turns out it is installed in over 1 billion laptops and 3 billion cell phones. Java runs on PC’s and Mac’s. Many Mac users believe they are immune from computer viruses and are pretty lax about installing anti-virus software of even keeping it updated. Over 600,000 Mac’s have been infected through the Java software on their computers.
The hackers are exploiting Java at every chance they can right now. As a direct result of this chain of events the Department of Homeland Security has recommended that users should consider disabling Java on their computers.
What Can You Do?
1. Uninstall or Disable Java
2. If Java is necessary for you, use a separate web browser for that purpose only. You need to be diligent in patching Java regularly.
3. Make your employees aware of the issue and be diligent in letting the I.T. folks know as soon as there is any slowness, pop ups, etc that could signal a virus.
As a general rule, Code Blue Computing suggests that all users be extremely diligent with viruses and their computers. They do recommend keeping your anti-virus software updated and running scans regularly. One of the best anti-virus programs on the market is AVG.
Code Blue Computing is a Broomfield, Co based I.T. Consulting firm that specializes in virus removal, computer repair, server setup and maintenance, data backup and recovery, and managed I.T. services. If you have any questions regarding computer viruses, Microsoft 7 or 8, or Java call them at 720-746-9763.