Qualys has released a free tool to help internet users protect their web browsers from hacking attacks.
The Qualys BrowserCheck service is designed to help consumers and corporate users fix security issues in their browsers, by scanning web browsers for security flaws within the browser and its plug-ins.
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According to Qualys, security flaws in modern web browsers and their plug-ins are the preferred target of a majority of malware attacks. But many users are not aware of the risks to which their browsers expose them every time they shop online, play browser-based games and get news updates from the internet.
"The threat of browser-based attacks is growing and the number of security flaws in browser plug-ins is rising. Users must be aware of their browser's security and protect themselves from malicious activity," said Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
Qualys BrowserCheck works on Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.x (3.0, 3.5.x and 3.6), Google Chrome 4.x and 5.x and is only available in 32-bit Windows.
- Browser version (IE 6.0+, Firefox 3.0+, Chrome 4.0+)
- Adobe Flash Player
- Adobe Reader 5.x and above
- Adobe Shockwave Player
- Apple Quicktime
- BEA JRockit
- Microsoft Silverlight
- Microsoft Windows Media Player
- Real Player
- Sun Java
- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
- Windows OS support expiration