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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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!