Hello fellow bloggers and readers,
Sometimes you would face some error dialog boxes which says “Application Blocked by Security Settings“. This happened with me when I really wanted to snip an mp3 file from youtube using snipmp3.com . This dialog box doesn’t allow you to download any content from the site. Why does this happen? Why doesn’t it let you download the content? This all comes down to the Java which is running on your machine. This usually happens because the site uses the java applet to process and download the file.
The error looks something like this:
And on clicking the okay button will show you this dialog box:
Okay! This looks seriously distressing and it doesn’t allow you to download your favorite song. How MEAN!!
Lets see how can we fix this, Before fixing the issue, lets know something about this Java’s latest update which has some serious security fixes.
The Java 7 update 10 introduces the ability to manage when and how untrusted Java applications (i.e. an application that is digitally signed by an unknown publisher, or a certificate that has not been issued by a trusted Certificate Authority) will run if they are included on a web page. Setting the security level within the Java Control Panel will determine whether
- You are prompted before an untrusted java application is run (MEDIUM or HIGH) or
- Untrusted Java applications will be blocked so they cannot run (VERY HIGH).
Starting with Java 7 Update 51, users will be able to configure the applications to run, that would normally be blocked by security checks. If the exception list feature is used, the option will be listed within the Java Control Panel.
Where can you find this Java Control panel on your machine?
So easy, go to the system preferences and if you don’t know where that exists, click on the sweet Apple icon which is on the top left corner in the menu bar. There you can find the system preferences. Click on it and then find the Java icon in the bottom. It looks something like this :
On clicking on the Java icon, the following window shows up followed by the Java Control panel.
The mighty Java Control Panel:
Okay, now we need to tweak the security settings in this control panel so that it allows us to run those applets and free those applications 😀
Click on the Security tab. It looks like the following:
Now click on the “Edit Site list” and add whatever application is blocked, so that it gets unblocked by the Java. Here in my case its “snipmp3.com” so I added it as follows:
Now finally you will see the site added to the exception list:
Now, that warning doesn’t pop up which says “Application Blocked”, It nicely allows the application to load the java applet and fetches the links 😀
There you go. Awesome, Now I downloaded that song and I am having great fun. If you want you can even revert it by doing it in the reverse process 🙂
If you guys are facing the same problems, please go through the steps, fix it and have fun 🙂