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  •  I just checked this Mac for Software Updates (5+ / 0-)

    and there are none. Usually they send new security updates automatically, so I'm going to assume I don't need to do anything. Does that sound right?

    •  I would recommend at least checking... (6+ / 0-)

      ... your system to make sure that your browser is safe.  Here are some instructions from Apple on how to disable Java in Safari.

      I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

      by Hey338Too on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:55:13 AM PST

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    •  That's right. This mechanism is something that (5+ / 0-)
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      DianeNYS, Hey338Too, Ebby, Munchkn, HappyinNM

      Apple introduced about 3 years ago (the OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard days) and requires no intervention on the part of the user.

      •  OK. Now I'm totally confused. (0+ / 0-)

        1. I now have OS 10.6.8, but prior to this, I had Panther and upgraded to Tiger on that computer. I received security updates all the time with that computer.

        2. Now that I know how to disable Java, do I have to do that if I didn't receive an update from Apple?

        3. Here's info that someone on this site gave me last year, and I've been doing it monthly. Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. Click on Macintosh HD. Click on Repair Disk Permissions. Depending on how much clean up has to be done, it takes about 10 minutes. After doing this, cleaning the cache, and deleting all the cookies, I find my computer runs faster and generally performs better. Note: When the repair is done, there is a readout which I've noticed mentions "Java" a lot. I don't know what Java is, but under these circumstances, I'm going to assume that's a good thing.

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