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    Which One's the Bad Guy- Java or JavaScript?
    Good Day All!
    I've searched & searched for the answer to a puzzlement and managed to get quite confused.

    Is Java safe to have on the Mac running OS X 10.6.8? Should it be disabled in the operating system and the browsers, just the browsers or neither one?

    Is JavaScript safe to have on the Mac. Should it be disabled?

    I do have one program that requires Java to run (CrashPlan). I'd also assume lots of web sites need one or the other.

    I apologize for asking a basic questions, but my searching revealed answers ranging from "It's All Good- No Worries" to "The Bad Guys Are Going To Get You If You Have Either".

    I this forum, search results for JavaScript came up empty and for Java, too. But, I know they must be here somewhere.

    This is the place for real & knowledgeable answers, so here I am!
    Thanks Very Much!
    Paul

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    Seems to depend mainly on the version of Java you have installed. Have a read of this link:-


    About the security content of Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 12
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thank You Harryb2448.
    That is an interesting article. Java Preferences.app on my computer shows 1 .6.0_65-b14-46A in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

    The article addresses 1.6.0_37
    So, based on the article, am I correct that it's OK to leave Java enabled?
    Thanks Again,
    Paul

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    My advice - if you don't need Java, disable it. It doesn't create a gaping hole on your machine or anything but disabling it does add a tiny bit more security.

    As for JavaScript, you don't have it "on your Mac" per se - the runtimes are built into applications (primarily web browsers). You can disable each browser's JavaScript execution if you want but if you do, you're going to have a bad time on the web. For example, this page loads 22 external JavaScript files not to mention the JS built into the page itself.
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    Thank You
    Thanks VanSmith for your reply.

    Your words explained what's what & who's who quite thoroughly, thus clearing up my confusion.

    I appreciate your help and your help, HarryB2448. I learned quite a bit today. It is always a good day when something is learned.

    Enjoy Today!
    Paul

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