Information Technology

Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability Disable Shockwave Flash Object Plug-in

Internet Explorer currently has a serious security vulnerability. Stop using Internet Explorer until a security patch is available.

For Computers with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, if you must use Internet Explorer to access trusted websites, disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in to improve the web browser security as much as possible. Disabling the plug-in will provide a little more security but the best practice is not to use Internet Explorer until the vulnerability has been resolved.

Disable Java in Web Browsers

For security reasons you may want to disable Java in all web browsers or certain web browsers on your computer. See our instructions for how to disable Java as needed.

Java Best Practices for Security

Java is a frequet target of malware and has some vulnerability but is required for many types of online or web video and some web-based applications. To protect your computer and privacy, we recommend the following as best practices for Java.

Please note that Amherst College users will need Java installed and kept up to date, and enabled in at least one up-to-date web browser for the following applications (it may also be needed for other uses, this is not meant to be a definitive list):

Clear your browser cache

Web browser software downloads a copy of every web page you visit and stores these copies to make displaying web pages faster and more efficient. Unless you indicate otherwise, the saved copies of pages remain on your computer for an indefinite period. This is your browser cache. Your web browser may also store other information such as cookies, form responses, preferences and history of pages visited.