Is Java's Kommodia safe to install?

Episode 1165

Mark from Santa Ana, CA

Mark hears that when downloading Java, junkware downloads with it. Leo says that Java is now being bundled with adware, so he should make sure he unchecks the option. Better yet, he shouldn't download and install Java unless he needs it.

He should also make sure that it doesn't load automatically in his browser, which is a security issue. Java uses Kommodia, which actually breaks the encryption technology of a browser. So Marks' wife should remove it immediately.

Should I install the latest Java update?


Episode 1155

Dan from Woodland Hills, CA

Dan has been getting messages to update Java, but he's worried about security. Leo says that since Dan uses Windows XP, there is a security issue because Microsoft doesn't support it anymore. Google will update Chrome, so it's a good idea to use that as his browser. But he shouldn't use Java unless he needs to. If he does need to use it, he should make sure he installs all security patches. He should disable the browser plugin as well, and he should run Windows as a limited user -- not as Administrator.

How can I stop using Adobe Flash?

Episode 1118

Roy from Orange County, CA

Roy keeps getting requests to update Flash when listening to podcasts. And it always crashes. Leo says he hates Adobe Flash with a PASSION and everyone uses it, so he's stuck with it and all it's warts. That's why Leo recommends that if you have to use Flash, that you use it through Google's Chrome browser. What Google does in Chrome is build Flash into the browser and it's updated regularly by Google and it's isolated so it doesn't crash your browser if it crashes. It should work better for you.

Google vs. Oracle Decision May Be Bad News for the Internet

Episode 1081

On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.

Why does my computer keep asking me to install Java?

Episode 1044

Larry from Loma Linda, CA

Larry has a flashing blue and gold shield that wants him to install a java program. He says no, but it pops up again a few minutes later. Leo says it could be benign, or it could be a concern. Java is a programming language and many websites use it. But Larry's computer is set up correctly to ask permission to install it. It bothers Leo that it says "Publisher unknown," and not "Oracle." Leo says to keep saying no is the best move.

Can a Chromebook run Java?

Episode 980

Lynette from Azusa, CA

Lynette watched all of the speeches at Google I/O this week, and thought all the talk of the Google environment was interesting. She was thinking about getting a Chromebook but doesn't know if it'll run Java because she loves playing games online. Leo says she'd have to hack the Chromebook to get Java on it, and Leo doesn't advise that. She should just look at a regular laptop.

Why won't my computer load comments on Yahoo News anymore?

Episode 978

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike is having trouble loading comments on Yahoo News when he visits. Leo says that comments are Javascript, which may be blocked by his antivirus.
Since he has a lot of security programs running, Leo advises disabling those. He should check his browser's settings to see if Javascript is enabled. Since he can view javascript comments on other sites, that's probably not the case.

Do I really need Java?

Episode 965

Brian from Los Angeles, CA

Brian wants to know if he really needs to have java on his computer. Leo says probably not. Java is a programming language that allows a program to run on any platform. It was the flavor of the month in the mid 90s and has been around ever since. However, Java has security flaws that have been exploited, including three last month. So now Leo recommends turning it off in the browser.