Is Java installed?
This page tells you if Java is installed and enabled in your current web browser and what version you are running.
Once you've checked out your Java status, visit the Homepage to make sure your browser is up to date and to get a full read-out of your web browser's capabilities.
You should also return to the homepage to check if Java is up to date.
What is Java?
Java is a programming language and framework developed by Oracle Corporation.
Java is a broad name that can refer to several different things. For simplicities sake, what this site is concerned with is the Java plugin that can run in a web browser and be shown on websites.
Do I need Java installed?
Years ago, Java was the first and very popular way of adding complex interactivity to websites. But like most things, trends change and new technologies come along to replace old ones. These days fewer and fewer websites rely on the Java plugin to provide content to their users.
Java still has its use in other things unrelated to websites, but Java for web browsers and websites is becoming less and less important to have installed.
Some older websites still rely on Java, and so if you want to use those websites you will need to have Java installed.
There have been a few serious security problems discovered with Java recently (in 2012 & 2013), and so there are a lot of people suggesting that Java no longer be used on websites or installed on computers.
Are there security concerns with Java?
The short answer to this is "yes". There have been a number of serious security holes discovered in Java during 2012 and 2013 and this is leading to a lot of people, companies, organisations (including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) calling for Java to be disabled in web browsers, if not completely uninstalled.
Some news articles which cover this issue:
- Sophos Java Security Report 2013
- Oracle updates Java, security expert says it still has bugs
- Critical Java vulnerabilities confirmed in latest version
- Java: should you remove it?
Oracle keeps releasing security patches for Java as new problems are found.
How do I install or update Java?
There have been attempts to trick people into using compromised & insecure versions of Java. It's very important to only download Java from Oracle. You can get it from this link:
How do I uninstall Java?
We have a series of guides to help you uninstall Java from your web browser.
If you have any more questions, use the contact form and we'll answer it and add your question here.