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A new release of Java - the browser add-on required for certain Blackboard tools – is available for download. This update addresses serious security vulnerabilities in previous versions which could have permitted unauthorized access to your computer. If you choose to upgrade to Java 7, Update 51 , a complete list of changes in this update may be found in the Release Notes.
Please note: This upgrade disables the Lightweight Chat utility and the Multiple File Upload tool. Instructors and organization leaders may use "Web Folders" as an alternative to the multiple file upload tool and Elluminate Live! as an alternative to the Lightweight Chat tool. Please see the Blackboard Help site for instructions.
The first time a Java application is launched after the update, a security prompt will display the name of the application and its publisher. Click the "Run" button to enable the application. Checking the box beside “Always Trust Content from this Publisher” will prevent the security prompt from reappearing every time the application is launched. Legitimate Java applications from trustworthy publishers will always be digitally signed and safe to open. Never open a Java application from an unknown publisher or an unfamiliar website.
After installing Java, some web browsers may require you to manually enable the add-on. Instructions for enabling the add-on in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari can be found on the Java Support site; Mozilla Firefox users may find instructions on the Firefox support site.
For assistance with installing Java, please call the UCIT Help Desk at 513-556-HELP (4357) or toll free from outside Greater Cincinnati at 866-397-3382. Students may also visit the ResNet Service Center on MainStreet for walk-in assistance.
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