If you usually play games online, view 3D images, or chat with people through online chat-rooms, then give yourself a quick break because it’s time for the regular checkup. Java checkup.
Updating Java minimizes security risk.
Java installed on your Mac doesn’t necessarily mean your machine can go berserk. But when there’s a newer version of Java available, you may want to take your time off and update it, as it can put your machine’s security and performance up to par.
Malicious Java applets, security loopholes, and system’s performance in question is always tailored in the latest update, and hence it is essential for any OSX Lion user to update Java to its latest version.
There are several ways for updating Java on your Mac machine. One of the easiest way to locate, download and install Java is to use Software Update.
For those who are unfamiliar with Software Update, click on the Apple menu (located on top-left corner of your Mac’s screen) and select Software Update. A window then pops up, connects to the Internet to find updates.
Along with the latest Java update, you may also get updates of any third-party applications, video drivers (to avoid freezing of games), and Mac OS updates to improve your experience on Mac.
Also, every Java update relevant to Mac OS is published on Apple website. For instance, the recent version of Java for OSX Lion 10.7 is available for download on this page. If you are not able to download and install Java off Software Update, then this is the path you should choose.
Downloading the Java update from Apple’s website is as easy as it gets. Also, keep an eye on Apple’s Download page to be the first to find out more about the future releases and download them.