CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Most of us don't like to even think about what makes our computer run smoothly. But a government warning about security flaws in Java is changing that.
"From my understanding, there is almost nothing you could not do once you go over this 'wall' and get into someone's PC through this," said Dave Hatter, who owns Libertas Technologies.
The security danger is so great that the Department of Homeland Security recommended disabling Java in an advisory posted yesterday afternoon. The initial recommendation was posted last week.
In order for a hacker to successfully get into your computer through the Java openings, Hatter says you first have to be lured to a fake website set-up by the hacker. So the first step to preventing yourself from becoming a victim is not clicking on links to strange looking websites sent to you in e-mail, Facebook messages, etc.
If you do you could literally lose control of your device and turn over all the information that's on there to the hacker.
"So as a potential hacker, if I could lure you to a website where I can take control of the Java instance on your computer, I could potentially go out and say, 'Alright, I want to find are there any Quicken files on this computer? Yes? Alright, send me those files.'"
However, you might not notice it happening because Hatter says it would likely happen "surreptitiously behind-the-scenes."