The article below was written in August 2012, in response to a security scare involving Java.
Although that particular scare has now passed for users who have kept their Java installation updated (or disabled Java in their browser), the article below is still relevant as vulnerabilities continue to be found in Java, and exploited by malicious hackers.
Most recently, in January 2013, a new zero-day flaw affecting Java in web browsers was exploited. >Apple and Mozilla are doing things to help fight the problem for their…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.