SternisheFan writes: "An Apple update released Wednesday removes the Java browser plug-in in all Mac-compatible browsers. The move puts even more daylight between Apple and Oracle, as the latter struggles with security flaws and the former seeks to eliminate its dependence on crucial software updates from third parties. Apple's update came one day after Oracle issued its own Java patch. That's a much better turnaround time than earlier this year when Oracle issued a patch in February 2012 that Apple didn't push out until April. Users who update will need to reinstall Oracle's version of Java if they wish to run Java applets in their browser. But for the majority of Internet users, the update will go unnoticed.
In fact, many security experts and blogs suggest that users who don't use Java on a regular basis disable it in their browsers or uninstall it altogether. This mitigates the risk of infection from malicious applets that seek to infect, harm or control victims' machines."