Java is an object oriented programming language that supports several different types of desktops. The popularity of the language has led to increased security concerns. Any individual that uses the Internet for browsing or accessing content from any type of website is at risk of mistakenly downloading malware.

What makes Java so risky?

The language is a versatile one and can support multiple platforms easily. Introduced in 1995, the language has quickly become one of the most popular languages in the world. It is estimated that 9 million developers around the world rely on the language.

Java at a glance:

• 1.1 billion desktops use Java
• An estimated 3 billion mobile devices rely on Java
• All Blu-ray players run Java
• 930 million people download Java Runtime Environment every year
• Java can be found in boxes, games, printers, ATMs, navigation systems, parking payment stations and more

How does malware enter the computer?

Visiting websites even puts the user at risks. Unfortunately, many hackers exploit vulnerabilities in codes used on websites to plant malware. When the visitor lands on a page of website, the malware accesses the browser and makes it way into the computer.

Cybercriminals focus on the various flaws in a plug-in to distribute the malware.
Cybersecurity attacks affect the private user and major corporations alike. Major players like Twitter and Apple have been affected by these cybersecurity threats. Those who are concerned about these potential security threats can always disable Java, preventing it from accessing the browser.

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