Java Exploit Concerns

As you may have heard through the media, there is a particularly serious exploit out there that is a threat to Windows and Macintosh computers that have Java installed.

Java is often used as a “plugin” to enhance interactive experiences through your web browser to play on-line games, view 3-D images, etc.

If you are a faculty or staff member using a Bucknell-owned computer, we encourage you to DO NOTHING. Library and IT is aware of the matter and has taken appropriate steps to protect your machine. As a matter of fact, doing something with your Bucknell machine might ADVERSELY affect your interaction with campus administrative systems.

For personally-owned computers–unless you have a specific reason you need Java–we suggest you uninstall it entirely. If your computer needs Java in the future, it will prompt you to download and install the most current and patched version of the program.

For instructions on how to uninstall Java from a Windows computer, please visit:

http://www.java.com/en/download/uninstall.jsp

For instructions on how to uninstall Java from a Macintosh computer, please visit:

http://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_uninstall_java.xml

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tech Support at techdesk@bucknell.edu or by calling 7-7777.

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