First of all, this is a Support Community for the iMac, not Safari and certainly not for the Amazon website. There is a vibrant community here for Safari, and I'm sure that you could ask your question there and get a quicker response.
Having one website not being responsive is something that is not a hardware issue and is most certainly something that needs to be diagnosed through several steps with an informed Safari user.
Not, IMO, a very helpful reply from OrangeMartin.
It could, like it says, be a temporary glitch at Amazon's end. Are you still having the problem?
If you are:
Apple barred Java from running on Macs, leaving companies that rely on Java plug-ins out in the cold.
Apple blocked Java 7 Update 11 by adding it to the banned list in XProtect.
This was the second time in two weeks that Apple has blocked Oracle's code from running on Macs. This time Java is blocked through Apple's XProtect anti-malware feature.
Java has come under fire as the means by which hackers have been able to gain control of computers. In April 2012 more than 600,000 Macs were reported to have been infected with a Flashback Trojan horse that was being installed on people's computers with the help of Java exploits. Then in August Macs were again at risk due to a flaw in Java, this time around, there was good news for Mac users: Thanks to changes Apple has made, most of us were safe from the threat.
Unwilling to leave its customers open to potential threats Apple decided it's safer to block Java entirely.
Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and beyond are affected.
UPDATE for those running Lion or Mountain Lion:
Oracle on Friday February 1 released a new version reportedly addressing vulnerabilities seen with the last build.
Apple disabled Java 7 through the OS X XProtect anti-malware system, requiring users to have at least version "1.7.0_10-b19" installed on their Macs. The release dated February 1 carries the designation "1.7.0_13-b20," meeting Apple's requirements.
Oracle "strongly recommends" applying the CPU fixes as soon as possible, saying that the latest Critical Patch Update contains 50 new security fixes across all Jave SE products.
Update foror Snow Leopard users:
Apple have issued update 12 for Java for OS 10.6:
Note: On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.
Not, IMO, a very helpful reply from Klaus1. As Linc Davis said, there is no Java on Amazon, but anyone who spent a nanosecond on Amazon would know that, as I did. But it was good to read a long treatise on Java that no one needs for Amazon.
When one person has a problem with one website, they will get better assistance from those who spend time helping people on the Safari community.
I think I figured out your problem with Amazon by checking with them (as I suggested). You apparently have a corrupted or invalid certificate in your keychain, so Amazon distrusts you. Amusing.
Here's how to fix that:
- Go to: /Applications/Utilities/KeyChain Access
- Select "KeyChain First Aid" from "KeyChain Access" (menu choice)
- Make sure the radio button for "Verify" is selected, and then click the "Start" button.
- Once completed, it will tell you if any problems were found just above "Verification Completed".
- It is not necessary to perform a "repair" if no problems were found.
- If problems were found, follow up the verification process with the "repair" process.
FYI: "KeyChain Access" stores info for Certificates. If a "mismatch" occurs, or a certificate is deamed "invalid" you get a warning. (This is part of your security). Performing "KeyChain First Aid" will verify ALL certificates and correct any "mismatching" by updating the certificate OR will tell you there was a problem (ie. a website using a fake certificate), in which case you need to follow through with "repair" and if necessary, not use the problematic website. BUT, in most cases, this message is NOT about anything malicious, its just part of the security settings that are trying to ensure ALL certificates associated to ANY website is correct, and since certificates expire and/or get updated, these conflicts can occur>
This is very interesting reading for anyone concerned.
"Safari and Amazon - toxic - needs a fix" (somewhere in these forums)
It pretty much establishes adding Firefox to your Imac will create the same problem.
My symptoms, by the way, are EXACTLY the same as reported by the above user.
I checked the keychain and it reported no problem. And I have repaired permissions, with no change.
Thanks for the replies - this is tougher than it appears. Linc Davis discovered as much.
Adding Open DNS codes to your Network Preferences, should give good results in terms of speed-up as well as added security, (including anti-phishing and redirects) (Full information about Open DNS is here: http://www.opendns.com/home/nobloat ) and further independent information can be read here:
Open System Preferences/Network. Double click on your connection type, or select it in the drop-down menu, and in the box marked 'DNS Servers' add the following two numbers:
(You can also enter them if you click on Advanced and then DNS)
When you use OpenDNS services, OpenDNS stores certain DNS, IP address and related information about you to improve the quality of our service, to provide you with OpenDNS services and for internal business and analysis purposes.
Concerning personal information, the policy states:
...[I]t is disclosed to entities that perform marketing services on our behalf or to other entities with whom we have joint marketing agreements...