If you must use Java on your Mac, here’s a good way to do it

Over the last day or two, a small number of employees from both Apple and Facebook have had their computers breached by hackers. Although no data was compromised, both incidents were apparently made possible by yet another Java exploit.

Java is something I unfortunately have installed on my Mac but I’ve taken extra precautions to reduce the possibility of an exploit being, well, exploited. To do so, I’m using a “quarantined” browser – Google Chrome.

John Gruber wrote back in 2010 about how to go Flash-free by having Google Chrome installed as it includes it’s own bundled version of Adobe Flash. Since I use Safari as my primary browser, Flash isn’t installed on my Mac but if I have to suffer it then I can just fall back to Google Chrome for a brief moment.

However, you can go one step further and also use Google Chrome as a Java fallback too. Although I’ve got Java installed, I’ve disabled it via Safari’s Preferences (Apple even has a support article on how to disable Java in Safari) so that Java isn’t loaded when I’m browsing the web. If I have to use Java for whatever reason, I simply open the page in Google Chrome and then do what I need to do. Once I’m finished, I quit the browser and drop back to Safari.