New Java Update Available by Oracle, Sped Up Patching Process

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At least 5 security issues were patched in yesterday’s release of Java. This was all problematic generated by a string of problems including hacks on Facebook computers, among Apple and Twitter. Recently, at least 40 companies were targeted in malware attacks leading to an Eastern European gang of hackers trying to steal private corporate information, according to Bloomberg News.

The new version, now available on Java.com will bring the current version to Java SE 7 Update 15 and Java SE 6 Update 41. It is recommended to unplug your browser from Java, at least the main one, and only use Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a lesser-used browser. Whenever you need to use a site that required Java, use it on your rare browser, so that you don’t get tripped up by ads or other exploit sites that try to access Java on your main browser.

Additionally, make sure to occasionally clear the Java cache, which will help prevent old temporary files for Java from loading. It’ll make the Java experience a bit better. This may also help remediate issues, if a Java application doesn’t run.

Oracle has announced on its website that it will “start auto-updating all Windows 32-bit users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 with the update release of Java, Java SE 7 Update 15 (Java SE 7u15), due in February 2013.”

Oracle will speed up its patching cycle for Java. “Oracle’s intent is to continue to accelerate the release of Java fixes, particularly to help address the security worthiness of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers,” Eric Maurice, director of Oracle’s software assurance, said.

Protect against exploit issues on Windows by adding or supplementing your current antivirus with a secondary malware scanner and protection unit:

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