Consumers Urged to Disable Java Software to Avoid Hacking Attacks
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.
The call came in response to the discovery of a new vulnerability that lets an attacker execute code on a PC running Java. The vulnerability is reportedly already being used in 'exploit kits' which are pre-packaged, for-sale tool kits that can be used to commit online crimes such as stealing someone's identity.
Security experts have been advising people to disable Java for some time, since it is so commonly targeted by cyber criminals.
Turning off Java can be done in a few simple steps, depending on which browsers you use.
Mac owners who use Google Chrome can go to Chrome://plugins and verify that the Java plugin is disabled. If you use Safari, you can choose Safari>Preferences, click security and uncheck the box that says 'enable Java.' If you use Firefox, you can choose Tools>Add-ons, search 'My add-ons' and disable any Java plugin.
Can you Use Money That Is Mistakenly Deposited Into Your Account?
Have you ever noticed that your bank account somehow had 'extra' money in it even though you knew for a fact it wasn't yours? If so, you are not alone. It happens more often than you would think. All it takes is for a bank teller to type in one wrong number at the time a deposit is being made.
Is the 10 and 2 Driving Position Now Dangerous in Newer Cars? If Your Car Has Airbags, You May Want To Change This Habit.
Advances in airbag technology have made 10 and two quite dangerous, according to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Association. The old position puts the driver's fingers, hands and arms in the way of the airbag, which deploys at speeds of nearly 250 mph.
It's Possible To Remove Minor Car Scratches With Whitening Toothpaste
Have you ever considered using toothpaste on your car to take out a few of those minor scratches? If the scratch hasn't yet penetrated the clearcoat, there is a good chance that you can fix the problem with a little bit of elbow grease and whitening toothpaste.
The Better Business Bureau Can't Really Do What You Think It Can Do
Tell all of your friends and family that you have some type of consumer complaint. We bet that at least half of them will tell you to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for some kind of resolution. But can the BBB really help consumers? It really isn't what you think it is.