Ahh, the puzzle piece icon. It’s a site OS X and iOS users are quite familiar with, due in large part to the late Steve Jobs’ crusade against Adobe Flash Player. Now, many OS X users will start to see alerts when they visit websites that use Java applets because a new Java for OS X update has been pushed out that removes the accompanying browser plug-in.
The JRE is still installed, so desktop applications and games that depend on it will continue to function as they always have. Removing the browser plug-in is mostly about addressing security concerns. Java is one of the most commonly-used attack vectors today, and it’s not even a plug-in that the vast majority of users — whether they’re running OS X, Windows, Linux, or another OS — need to fire up on a regular basis. And when it does spring into action, average web users are probably more likely to see the Java plug-in fire up on a malicious site than a reputable one.