You probably don’t spend much time worrying about what version of Java your computers are running. But according to a new report from Websense, you should.

According an analysis by the IT security vendor, just five per cent of endpoints are using the latest version of Java. Almost 75 per cent are running a release more than six months out of date, two-thirds of users are a year behind, more than half are two years out of date and one third are three or more years behind.

That likely explains why the report found that 94 per cent of endpoints running Java are vulnerable to at least one Java exploit. And with Oracle, which acquired Java when it bought Sun Microsystems, recommending users migrate to JDK 7 to continue receiving patches and updates, Websense found that 77 per cent of endpoints are running versions of Java that Oracle will no longer support, update or patch.

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What to do? Keep up to date with your Java patches is an obvious first step. And, of course, Websense and other security vendors would like to sell you security solutions that can help keep your business protected as well.

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  • eric

    Way too many desktops haven’t even got any reason left to install the JVM on their computers, in the first place. I uninstalled adobe software and java from my computer and it works like a charm since modern browsers natively support everything. the latter, being a big enough danger. but at least you can keep them up to date without calling your it guy.

    • Maybe I’ll try that on my home PC. I know I’m tired of how often I seem to be prompted to update Java. Seems like every time I reboot its bothering me about something.

  • gisabun

    Java is gone from my systems. Re-installed a few [friends] as well and left Java off. I don’t think Adobe stuff is as bad. Seemed to have settled down of late.