Oracle has released security updates for Java 8.
If you must use Java it is highly recommended that you install this latest update. Use the Offline download where possible. This is to avoid the prompter asking you to install the Ask or McAfee or other adware toolbar. Disable Java in your browser unless required.
If you don’t use Java but have it installed it should be removed.
The update means your computer is protected from a software flaw. Without this update, it is easy for an attacker to take advantage of the vulnerability. This means that a malicious website can connect to your computer and access files and data.
It is always good security practice to keep your computers and software running with the latest updates. For more a more comprehensive overview of your organisation’s security, book in for a FREE IT SECURITY HEALTH CHECK.
The Java website provides more information on Java protection:
What actions can I take to increase the safety of using Java?
The advancements in technology bring better experiences to your computer. However, vigilance is still necessary to protect your computer from sophisticated threats. Security vulnerabilities on your computer can compromise your personal data, cause unexpected behaviors or crash your system.
We have compiled a list of security best practices for running Java on your computer.
Install the latest Java
If you are not sure if an update notification for Java is authentic, we recommend that you go directly to java.com to upgrade to the latest version.
Remove older versions of Java
- Learn how to Remove older versions of Java
Trust level settings
Introduced in Java 7u10 is the ability to manage when and how untrusted Java applications will run if they are included on a web page. You can set the trust level from within the Java Control Panel so that you are notified before any untrusted Java applications will be run, or the application will automatically be blocked.
- Get more information on Setting security levels within Java Control Panel.
Periodically restore prompts that you chose to hide
To insure the continued protection of your system, it is recommended that you periodically restore the prompts that you chose to hide. Seeing the prompts again provides an opportunity to review the applications and ensure that you still want them to run.
- Get more information on Restoring security prompts.
Enable automatic updates
This feature will ensure that you receive important updates when they are released.
- Get more information on Java Update.
Clear your Java cache periodically
- Learn how to clear your Java cache.
Don’t allow applications from unknown publishers to run.
- Learn how to change settings to deny applications from unknown publishers