By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A warning if your computer is one of the hundreds of millions that have Java installed: computer security researcher HD Moore tells Reuters it’s “like open hunting season” on consumers.

A security flaw has been uncovered in the widely-used Java software that analysts say hackers are actively using to infect computers with malware.

That can happen with a simple visit to a compromised website.

The attacks have been seen even in the latest version of Java, and its maker, Oracle, is often slow to release patches for problems like this.

Security experts say the only way to keep your computer safe is to disable Java entirely, though some programs and sites need Java to work.

If you must use Java, check out these tips from Naked Security to lower the risk of a Java-related infection in the latest (7u10) version.

To disable Java entirely:

In Internet Explorer, click here.

In Google Chrome, click here.

In Firefox, click here.

In Safari, click here.

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