Java is a free download that is used in a number of online applications. If you print SmartSource, Target or Coupon Network coupons, for example, Java is required to run the online program – and you’re likely to have it on your computer. You’ll want to know about this security alert.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is asking computer users to disable Java software immediately because a flaw within the program could open your computer up to hackers. A fix/update to remedy the issue is currently unavailable:
The Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. All versions of Java 7 through update 10 are affected. Web browsers using the Java 7 plug-in are at high risk. Reports indicate this vulnerability is being actively exploited.
How can I disable Java?
Click here to learn how to disable the Java program quickly and easily from your computer.
UPDATE: Java has issued an update/patch to remedy the problem. You can find it here.
Consider sharing this with anyone you know who may be currently using the Java download on their computer.