Sunday, January 13, 2013

Foxit Reader Security Alert 01-13-13

Per PCWorld, the popular Foxit reader browser plugin can allow hackers to take control of your PC.  They are in the process of developing a patch, but for now make Internet Explorer your default browser and avoid using Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to view PDF files.  See for more details.

[UPDATED 01-13-13] How to Update/Disable Java in Your Browser

On January 13th, Oracle has published a fixed version of hacker prone JAVA (Javascript is OK).  Go to to download and update to the latest version.

In case more security concerns develop, my friends at have provided instructions on how to disable Java in all of the popular PC browsers in use today (see below), DO NOT disable Javascript however as it does not have the security issue. 

Chrome disable instructions

  • Open Chrome and type chrome://plugins into the location bar.
    Disable Java in Chrome
  • Click Disable underneath the Java plugin.

    Want to disable Java in other browsers?

    Here are our instructions for disabling Java in other internet web browsers: