Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:17 PM (in response to Renaissance0714)
You cannot down load Java updates directly from the Java site. Java updates for Apple products are administered by Apple through the software update in system preferences. In your 10.6.8 Mac you would simply click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of your screen and select software update to see if there are any legitimate updates for your computer, and then download them. It is a good idea to keep Java updated because there are essential security patches which are often associated with these updates.
However, let me warn you that Java (NOT JAVA SCRIPT) has been exploited and is generally considered to be a security risk by many, including myself. I have had my Java application DISABLED for the past year, and have not had any problems loading any websites.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 11:54 PM (in response to Renaissance0714)
I keep receiving an error that states Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is out of date or in need of update from my 10.6. build.
If your OS is fully up-to-date according to Software Update, then you should have the latest version of Java 6 released in October, which is 1.6.0_37. To find out open Java Preferences (found in /Application/Utilities/) or type the follwoing into the Terminal app (also in /Applications/Utilites/): java -version.
That being said, Apple recently blocked use of any JRE plugin in Safari less than v18.104.22.168, so even if you have the latest update, you should be prevented from using it in Safari.
Firefox and Chrome might be working again, but they were also blocked a couple of weeks ago.
It's possible, but not likely that Apple will release one more update, however there won't be any more public updates to Java 6 after next month and Java 7 requires OS X 10.7.3 or above.