Posts Tagged ‘java’

Tip: Use a Secondary Browser for Java, Flash and Other Plugins

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

This is a helpful tip, but it also goes without saying that certain plugins work better on some browsers than they do on others.

While most browser makers plan to drop support for Java, Flash and other plugins such as Silverlight or Quicktime, or have stopped supporting these technologies already, there are still a lot of sites and services out there that can only be accessed if certain plugins are installed in the browser. If you take Google Chrome for instance you will quickly notice that it supports Flash thanks to a native integration of the technology but no other plugin. This means that Chrome users cannot access content on the Internet that require Silverlight, Java or other plugins.

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Wave Goodbye to the Java Plugin (If You haven’t Already)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

It certainly didn’t take ESP to see this one coming …

Oracle announced on January 27 that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. Browser plugins, at least those based on the ancient NPAPI standard, will become a thing of the past in 2016 when all major browsers will stop supporting them. Years ago, browser plugins were used to power a variety of services including media streaming, DRM enforcement, gaming, or web applications.

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And the Product with the Most Distinct Vulnerabilities in 2015 is …

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The three manufacturers that lead this list are somewhat surprising.

Rarely a day goes by without news of another vulnerability hitting an operating system, software, device, or service on the web.  These reports have become part of everyone’s online life and all users can do is stay informed and close security issues as soon as companies make available patches for them to do so. While it is sometimes possible to mitigate vulnerabilities, often users are left with no other recourse but to wait for a company to release a patch. Sometimes, that patch is never produced.

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Microsoft SmartScreen Filter gets Drive-By Attack Protection

Monday, December 21st, 2015

This feature is only available on Windows Edge and Internet Explorer 11, but since Microsoft is in the process of ending support for all IE versions prior to IE 11, then maybe that’s not really an issue.

Microsoft SmartScreen Filter is a protective feature integrated into the Windows operating system as well as Microsoft’s web browsers Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge that protects computer users from certain kinds of Internet-based attacks. It works similar to Google’s SafeBrowsing feature but is broader in scope as it is not limited to a single program but works system-wide.

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Avoid Third-Party Sponsor Deals during Java Installation or Upgrade

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

This kind of goes without saying … but it also bears repeating.

The guide offers three methods to disable sponsored offers during the installation or upgrade of Java on machines running the Windows operating system. Sun Oracle’s Java is widely used both on the Internet and also locally on computer systems. While it is still being used on the Internet, modern browsers such as Chrome or Firefox will or already have removed plugin support for Java preventing users of the browser to access content on the Internet that requires the plugin.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit 1.08 Ships with Fingerprinting Detection and More

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

In addition to fingerprinting detection, the new version of Malwarebytes also supports Microsoft Edge now.

Malwarebytes, makers of the popular Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system, has just released a new version of Anti-Exploit. Anti-Exploit is a security program for Windows that detects and blocks some types of exploits that can  cause great harm on unprotected systems.

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Mozilla Announces the End of NPAPI Plugins in Firefox

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

If you use the Silverlight or Java plugins with Firefox, you’re gonna need to find a different solution pretty soon …

Mozilla just announced an updated roadmap for the removal of NPAPI plugin support in Firefox and Firefox ESR. According to information posted by Benjamin Smedberg on the official Mozilla blog, plans are underway to remove NPAPI support by the end of 2016. There is one exception to the rule and that is Adobe Flash. While support for all other NPAPI plugins is being removed in Firefox at the end of 2016, support for Adobe Flash remains available after that date.

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Advanced Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) Tips

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

If you’re already familiar with EMET, it’s probably because you used it as a last resort when trying to fix a compromised PC … but it turns out that EMET can do a whole lot more besides just getting rid of bugs and malware.

The Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, short EMET, is an optional download for all supported client and server versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system that adds exploit mitigation to the system’s defenses. Basically, it has been designed to prevent attacks from being carried out successfully if they have breached system defenses such as antivirus solutions already. EMET is easy to install and runs out of the box, but to get the most out of the program, you need to spend time getting to know it and configuring it.

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Chrome 45 Launches without NPAPI Plugin Support

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

In an ideal world, the folks at Google would be bright enough to find a way to update their product without removing existing capabilities.

Google Chrome users who rely on functionality that NPAPI plugins provide won’t be able to make use of it anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin. Google announced back in 2014 that it would retire NPAPI plugin support in all versions of Chrome from January 2015 on.

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Oracle Starts Pushing Yahoo instead of Ask Toolbar with Java Installations

Monday, June 29th, 2015

This isn’t a done deal quite yet, but it’s still good news. The Ask tool bar is more trouble than it’s worth.

When it comes to individual software programs spreading potentially unwanted programs (PUP), it is Adobe Flash and Oracle’s Java that need to be mentioned in this regard in particular due to the immense reach both products have. Adobe’s been spreading McAfee Security Scan Plus with Flash downloads while Oracle had an agreement with Ask to spread the company’s toolbar to user systems. The latter appears a thing of the past though as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Oracle will soon replace the Ask Toolbar offer included in new Java installations and upgrades with Yahoo offers.

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