Time to update your system, Mac users!
Apple has finally released an update for Java that plugs a number of security holes, including the CVE-2012-0507 flaw that is actively being exploited by the latest variant of the Flashback Trojan in order to infect Macs.
It is strongly recommended that users apply the update, Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7 as soon as possible.
Aside from installing the latest update, now may be a good time to consider whether or not you even need Java to be enabled on your machine. Cybercriminals often use known Java vulnerabilities in order to download and launch malware onto computers, so unless you absolutely need it, then it may be time to eliminate the risk.
You can disable Java by going to Applications → Utilities → Java Preferences and unchecking everything in the General tab.
Otherwise, you may just want to toggle the Java plug-in within your browser as necessary.
Photo Credit: Apple Support
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