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May 24, 2009

Mac owners warned of Java attack

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by David Allen

There is a warning going around that owners of Mac’s should ensure that Java is disabled on the Safari and Firefox web browser, to make sure that the user’s computer is protected from a malicious attack.

The warning comes from Intego a security firm who say that there is a problem within the Mac operating system, this could make the computer susceptible to drive by downloading attacks. These are the ones that occur when the user visits a malware infected webpage.

Apple has confirmed that they are aware of the issue and are currently working on a fix.

In the mean time Intego say that Mac users should go to Preferences, click the Security Tab and then uncheck Enable Java. In Firefox go to Tools, Options and then go to Content Tab this is where the Enable Checkbox can be found.

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