Running Java Applications
Paul B. Andersen
You must have the Java8 runtime environment (JRE) installed, preferably the latest version. If not, get Java8 here .
You will have to open an Oracle account, it is free for non comersial use so there is no problem.
You may choose to install a later version of Java, in that case you must install a Java Development Kit (JDK). You can find them here here
To download the Java Application, click the link on the web page of the relevant simulation. The format of the application is an executable Java Archive (JAR) file which you can download to any folder on your computer (e.g. the default download folder) . You can then start the application by double-clicking the JAR-file in the file explorer.
How safe is it to run the applications?
You may be, and should be, sceptical to download and run a runable file from the Internet. But my website is secure (HTTPS) which means that it has a SSL certificate issued by Bitdefender and all communication with the website is encrypted. And if you look at the top of this page you will see that my domain "paulba.no" is secured by SiteLock , the global leader in website security, which means that my website is scanned every day, and if the shield says "passed" it is guaranteed free of malware. (Click on the shield to see the guarantee.) But the best security lies in the fact that both the SSL certificate and SiteLock guarantee that the 'Company' Paul B. Andersen is genuine. And what's more, to get a ".no" domain you must apply to Norid . The result of a whois lookup in Norid can be found here.
I would have to pretty stupid if I had malicious programs on my website which can be tracked back to me.
So I will answer the question above like this:
It's very safe.