Playing Minecraft no longer makes your PC a juicy target for hackers
The folks at Microsoft-owned Mojang just gave PC users one more reason to uninstall Java from their systems. The Minecraft launcher for PC now installs and manages its own instance of Oracle’s software. The version of Java the new Minecraft launcher uses is contained within the game’s directory—meaning you no longer need a system-wide version of Java installed on your PC to play the game.
Why this matters: Java has a reputation for opening enormous security holes in PCs and security experts have long advised us to dump Java unless it was absolutely necessary to keep it. In January, security firm Secunia ApS issued a report that said Java was the single biggest security risk for American PC users. That same month Oracle released a quarterly security update that patched 19 vulnerabilities in Java, fourteen of which could be exploited from a webpage. Removing the system-wide version of Java and replacing it with a version that only executes when Minecraft is running dramatically reduces your system’s security risk.