Why you don’t need Java for Mac

I’ve finally uninstalled Java for Mac because I don’t need it – and chances are, you probably don’t need it either. I certainly don’t need the never-ending security holes being found in Java and the subsequent confusion between the security updates of Oracle’s version of Java for Mac and Apple’s catch-up version updates.

Apple lost patience with Oracle’s Java long ago in 2010 when it stopped developing its own securer version of Oracle’s troublesome software. The main reason for this was the horrendous security holes in Java for Mac, which have been responsible for everything from Trojan attacks to Botnets. As a result, Macs shipped with Lion and above now no longer include Apple’s version of Java installed – its up to you if you want to install Oracle’s version of it.

Why Java anyway?

Java is programming platform that works on both Macs and PCs to deliver certain content. In the old days, it was quite important as many software developers used it to create apps and programs. Nowadays, its use has rapidly diminished especially on Mac. If you do need Java to run an application, you will be prompted to download and install it but unless it’s absolutely essential, I don’t recommend it.

Which major software still uses Java for Mac?

Very few. The most notable that still need Java for Mac are:

Minecraft

Adobe Creative Suite (only for certain features)

OpenOffice

NeoOffice

How to uninstall Java for Mac?

Fortunately it’s very simple. Just open Finder and search for “Javaapp”. Drag the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin to the Trash.

That’s the most important component removed but I’d also recommend dragging the Java VisualVM and Java Preferences file to the Trash because you don’t need them anymore.

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