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Old 01-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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U.S. tells all Internet users to disable Java over hacker threat - The Globe and Mail

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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OK, I am about to get deleted, I understand, but I am going to type this anyway. It's cathartic.
The US department of homeland security is not a trusted source for me. I am not a US citizen. They are not looking out for me. Also, Java rocks. I could not do my job without it, since we use a Java application to access our data on a remote server. Shutting down Java is not an option.
My personal approach to computer security boils down to, if I don't want to share it with the world, it is not on my computer.
I also reformat my hard drive and reinstall my limmited number of applications when I suspect infection. I store nothing on the computer I work on. All of my personal files, which I don't mind sharing, are on my Linux NAS. It does not have Java. If "they" want to look at my pictures, or listen to my music, well I guess now "they" know where to look. I have a hardware firewall at my router, and software firewall on each PC. Most paranoid, I do not have a wireless connection inside my firewall. But I have teenagers who click on anything that pops up, and who surf sites that I am sure are not secure. I figure, as long as my backup files are secure, and I rebuild my PC's regularly, then I, and family, can get utility out of our system.
Oh and most of the time, when I am done with a computer, I turn it off.

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