“Sigh. I love it when the govt posts alerts like these.
If you don’t need it, REMOVE IT COMPLETELY. Java is the second most exploited software on any OS and is rarely actually necessary for desktop and laptop computers. The exceptions where you’d need it include OpenOffice, certain games (Yahoo Games, Minecraft) and for sites designed back in the 90s (yes, seriously).
If you can’t remove it because you need it for certain software on your computer like OpenOffice – disable it in your browsers. How you do this depends on the browser, but it’s usually under “extensions”. Just disable it. IF you ever actually need it in your browser you can turn it back on.
This is true whether you’re using Windows, Mac or Linux. If you don’t need it, remove it! Even if you think you need it, remove it anyway and see how long you can go before you actually need it again – chances are good you won’t ever notice. If you need it at a future time, you can install it by going directly to http://java.com/”