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Worried About Getting Burned by Java?

Posted on Thu, January 1,2015 @ 21:32 PM

image of java logo with question mark shaped steam above coffee cupLast week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that the Java web plug-in – used on more than 850 million computer and laptops – poses a security risk for Internet users. 

The cross-platform programming language is used for everything from viewing some images to playing online games to credit card processing. Just about anything interactive online could run on Java, and its ubiquity and security holes make it a target of hackers. Homeland Security went so far as to suggest computer users disable Java on their Web browsers.

This week, Apple (Safari) and Mozilla (Firefox) placed Java on their respective "blocklists."

While ABC Signup's registration software uses a Java plug-in as its default page editor, we haven’t experienced any type of security breach in our 10 years in business. Nevertheless, we offer a non-Java page editor with our software – called TinyMCE – that works similarly to the Java “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) editor.

We don't anticipate our Java-based tool to be much of a target for hackers or even in the ballpark of what Homeland Security is concerned about. Your security, however, is paramount to our business, so we are pleased to have an alternative already in place.

If you are an ABC Signup customer or a registration software user, please note that not only do we offer a non-Java page editor, we also can have you up and running on it in a matter of minutes (just go to “Edit User Information,” click the “TinyMCE HTML Editor” radio button as your choice under “Default WYSIWYG Editor Type,” and log out then log in again to activate it). It's easy to use, offers nearly identical functionality, and allows you to create event pages that mirror the look of your website and facilitate the online registration process.

If you have any questions about Java, our page editing options or ABC Signup, please contact us by phone (866.791.8268x0) or e-mail.

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