The first thing we should know in this regard is that, when talking about Java, we are faced with a software platform that has been with us since 1995. Initially it was marketed by the firm Sun Microsystems, so the accumulated experience is beyond any doubt. But at the same time we must know that if at the time it had an enormous importance in the operation of the software of our PCs, its use is in clear decline.
At the same time, this element that we are talking about is one of the most well-known programming languages for a long time. Among the reasons for all this, one can highlight the great consumption of resources that this component makes in our computer. Furthermore, Java has long been noted as a major source of external attacks that put our data at risk. Precisely for all this that we tell you, one of the main reasons for the gradual disappearance of Java, is the security.
With everything and with it, the platform continues to work on millions of computers around the world, since it continues to be an important part for the operation of many programs. But of course, an important recommendation here is keep component updated to its most recent version. All this is something that we can easily do from the official Java website. At this point we can sometimes ask ourselves about the need to keep an old version of Java installed.
Why do I need an old version of Java on my PC?
If we take into account everything that has been said so far, it is quite evident that we should keep this component updated at all times. Therefore, and especially due to security reasons, we should also remove the previous versions that have been installed on our computer. This is because they are not properly patched against the most recently discovered vulnerabilities.
Keep in mind that the latest versions of Java are backwards compatible, so we shouldn’t have any problems using it. But unfortunately this is not always the case. With this, what we really want to tell you is that on certain occasions we are going to find some programs that don’t work well with the latest versions of the component. For its correct execution they irremediably need some of the previous versions.
Initially, if possible, we should inform the corresponding developer of that program of this fact. Thus perhaps as the determination to fix it so that it is 100%0 compatible with the most current versions of Java. Meanwhile, both in professional and more domestic environments, we may find it necessary to keep that old version of the platform installed in order to use that specific software.
If we have no choice, one recommendation is that let’s take more precautions than usual in the computer. The reason for all this is that, by using this old version of Java, as we mentioned before, we are more exposed to possible external attacks.