I wonder if one of you have some information about the safety of Java in browsers. It is the built-in version of Java which chrome offers to install in browser. Is there any difference between installing Java on your Operating system and installing it on browser (for security issues)?
They're both the Java JRE AFAIK. No big difference there. When an applet is run in a browser, it has limited security permissions which you can edit manually.
I don't think there is any difference in the packages through the browser or through Java.com. I'm pretty sure they're the same thing. Either way, security settings will be the same.