Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 4:33 PM (in response to LisaMSN)
You could try updating to the latest version of Java and then re-enabling it: https://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp. Only obsolete versions (which have some rather serious security flaws) are disabled (in fact, if this is a brand new laptop, then Java was probably never installed in the first place).
Even then, I'd recommend leaving Java disabled in your web browsers.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 5:44 PM (in response to LisaMSN)
There was a major vulnerability in Java that was being actively exploited to drop malware on both Windows and Mac OS X. Oracle, who is responsible for Java, was slow to get a fix out, so Apple blocked the vulnerable versions of Java in the web browser. (Mozilla did the same with their Firefox browser.) Updates are now available for Java that work in Mac OS X again.
Java has been a repeat source of major vulnerabilities and malware over the last couple years. It is EXTREMELY insecure. If your business is relying on web-based Java applets for secure communications, your business' IT department is collectively insane.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to thomas_r.)
Or they had that "solution" imposed on them by a "pointy-haired boss".
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to LisaMSN)
I have to ask. What VPN client depends upon JAVA to work? Seriously...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to SwankPeRFection)
Juniper SSL VPN CLient
Probably a handful of others..., especially if using OpenVPN.