Keep Java updated! Erroneous information from BBC.

Over the weekend while trying to find programs to keep my children quiet I stumbled across one of the Click videos on terrestrial TV. I normally only ever watch these videos while stuck in a hotel but I had to re-find this episode to confirm what I thought I saw.

      Keep your browser — updated Check
      Keep Java updated — What!!
      Run antivirus software — Check

I agree with two out of three of the recommendations but ‘Keep Java Updated’ is equivalent to making tea in a chocolate teapot. Currently, security advice is to uninstall Java or at least disable it in the browser.

Oracle are currently patching Java quarterly and the number of zero days this year alone is larger than all other common software applications. Security messages are are to formulate because there are always codicils but in this case the path of least harm is to say:

UNINSTALL JAVA