4 Simple Steps to Better Web Browser & Plug-in Security

Practical Security Series

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One of the easiest attack vectors of computer security breach these days is the Browser. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a safe Browser, or "perfect security". Users love their plugins and Browsers and prefer easiest solutions when it comes to diagnosing, mitigating or eliminating computer security threats.

Fortunately, there's Browsercheck, by Qualys.

"BrowserCheck is an easy and straightforward way to take care of the flaws [your Browser of choice exposes you to] and to assure the user of a smooth and secure browsing experience." There is an "Install Plugin" option. But I wouldn't recommend it, which means really, there's nothing to download.


You need Administrator privileges to successfully proceed.

Now, although most tech savvy users don't usually require help at this stage (after clicking the "Come and get it" image), I'll provide some illustration below so you have an idea of what to expect. Once you're onsite and ready, Click on the "Launch a quick scan now" link, as below.

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Check the Service User Agreement & Click Continue after clicking Scan Now. ○ ○

Click Fix It & follow upgrade instructions. Perform Scan on ALL Browsers as below. ○ ○ ○

Click Fix It & follow upgrade instructions. Perform Scan on ALL Browsers as below. ○ ○ ○

Click Fix It & follow upgrade instructions. Notice my Opera Browser flagged Java. ○ ○ ○

Stay vigilant & smart. There's better security through paranoia!

Our testing shows we're spending billions on defenses that are no match for the stealthy attacks being thrown at us

today. "Pay no attention to the exploit behind the curtain" is the message from product vendors as they roll out

the next iteration of their all-powerful, dynamically updating, self-defending, threat-intelligent, risk-mitigating,

compliance-ensuring, nth-generation security technologies. Just pony up the money and the

manpower and you'll be safe from what goes bump in the night...Thing is, the pitch is less

believable these days, and the atmosphere is becoming downright hostile. I think a

lot of people will be surprised by the Linux vulnerability numbers. But it's

impossible to write perfectly secure software that's also

functional...You may not be interested in strategy,

but strategy is interested in you.

GREG SHIPLEY | IRA WINKLER | LEON TROTSKY

JUST DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY WITH PARANOIA

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