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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Java

If you are in the computer world, you’ve probably heard that there are some security issues going on with Java right now. Because Java is one of the key backbones of most of the coupon printing sites we are going to cover the basics and clear up some confusion hopefully!

Java vs. Javascript

Javascript is not a concern at all and not included in this warning. Javascript is a programming code that runs in browsers only to do fun things like make hover effects, create checkboxes and style webpages. Southern Savers uses some forms of Javascript for the printable shopping list feature and it is completely safe to use. They are really two unrelated products that happen to have a similar name.

Java is a whole programming language that can be used to build applications, applets and all sorts of complex programs. Some flaws in the program were being exploited by hackers, but an update to the software should fix the security risk.

(If you want more details on the difference between Java and Javascript here is a good summary.)

What is the Java Issue?

Java 7, running in web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari had a security loophole that was being exploited. Both Mac and PC users can be effected. For several days, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a standard recommendation to disable Java until a patch was released.

Oracle, the maker of Java software, has released an upgrade that eliminates the Java risks and tightens security (More details here).

Java & Coupons

Because Smartsource, Redplum and Target all use Java to print coupons, you definitely want to make sure the version running on your computer is safe. There are three good options to fix the issue:

1. Uninstall Java 7, and install Java 6 instead. Java 6 doesn’t have the security issue and most folks using Mac Computers have better luck printing Target coupons with version 6. You can download Java 6 here and find uninstall directions for Java 7 and support on the Oracle site.

2. Upgrade your Java 7 to include the latest software release (Java SE 7u11 JDK Download). Because this was a quick patch, you may find that the coupon printing sites don’t work as well with this version. Most folks on a PC shouldn’t have a problem installing Java 7.

3. Disable Java altogether. Sadly, you won’t be able to print coupons, play many games or do other activities on the internet if it’s disabled. This is really an extreme measure and was only suggested as a temporary fix until a patch was released. If you are set on it, here are some helpful instructions on how to proceed.

Keep in mind that I’m no expert on this stuff, I just did some research and pulled together the resources I found helpful. These should give us a start and if you have any insightful articles or instructions, please leave a comment below!

    • Robynne

      Thank you for the information – I’ve been wondering about this!

    • AD

      Thank you for the link to the update and the information! I’ll probably still leave it disabled until I need to print coupons.

    • Tyler

      As someone who programs in Javascript daily, you did a very nice job of explaining! The only thing I would recommend against is installing an old version of Java. There may not be an exploit now, but new ones are discovered every day. Especially with Java.

      And I also noticed today while printing off a Redplum coupon, your Firefox may be actively disabling Java without any notice to you. If that’s the case, you will need to activate it in Firefox.

    • Maggie

      I had no clue that there was an issue. I know a window popped up asking me if I wanted to allow Java to make changes to my computer. I said yes, thinking it was an ordinary update. I hope it was. What could happen if it was a loophole security issue thing???

    • tori729

      I was having issues with it the other day. Totally explains things and makes me feel good that my computer is trying to keep me safe!

    • Fiercesappho

      Unfortunately, DHS still strongly advises users against using Java even after the patch. If you must use Java, use version 6.38. Meanwhile, is there any plans on having coupons use a different platform?

    • Pcake

      I have had nothing but trouble trying to print the Java-based Redplum coupons but others work well. I hope this provider will upgrade to something else. I’ve uninstalled the program. No coupon is worth a security risk.

      • Me-in-NC

        I completely agree. I just tried to print an Alexia coupon I really wanted that I got through an email, but it requires Java, so I backed out. I wish these companies would switch to something else. I uninstalled my older version of Java as soon as I heard there were issues. I’m not planning on getting it back ever, I don’t care how safe they say it is. First they say they fixed it, then 10 minutes later they say…oops! Now they say they fixed it again? I don’t trust the fix, and no coupon is worth the risk to me.

    • Audrey

      I think I’m done with printables. I’ve already spent 1/2 a day working through this 2 paged detailed “fix” that redplum sent me the other day. It was finally working beautifully, now this. And it’s effecting others before that weren’t a problem. Of course every single coupon I need for tomorrows sales are RP or SS. So frustrating and annoying.

    • Tanesha

      Dumb Question. I have Java 7 Update 11 installed on my computer. Am I still at risk or is that the updated version? I am very confused! I “updated java yesterday” and now I’m wondering if my Java is fixed? I haven’t had any problems because previous version of Java was Java 6 Update 35. Thanks

    • Blessedinsc

      When I go to download the 7 patch, there are a bunch of download choices. How do I know which to download?

    • bb

      Thanks Jenny for the heads-up! Your link was very helpful.

    • Gabriele01

      Does anybody know if Chrome is affected by this as well? I haven’t tried to print coupons in a few days, so I don’t know…

    • Karen

      I plan to inform all retailers via their Face Book pages that I will not use Java applications to print their coupons & I truly wish everyone else would do the same. I just replaced my PC after Java crashed it & I do not plan on printing coupons from Java no matter how much $$ I save!

    • ClippinMom

      Heads up – Java is bad news! I recently got malicious adware on my PC thanks to Java. I recommend if you continue to use it, regularly check to see if you have the latest version before you print anything. Java does not automatically update. My older version enabled the malware to attack my PC. To think, I spent more money replacing my computer than I saved using printable coupons. I am baffled why companies still use Java! I never have issues with other platforms like Bricks.