Reduce Security Risks By Ensuring Your Browser Is Up To Date

Whilst there are many aspects to keeping your computer secure whilst using the internet, one of the most important is ensuring that all the programs on it are up to date. Most people, I hope, understand the need to keep their Windows operating system fully updated and patched. But how many of you check that your web browser and its associated add-ons are current?

Qualys BrowserCheck

If you haven’t checked recently, or are unsure how to, then you can find a handy tool at Qualys.com which will scan your browser for you and make recommendations as to what action you need to take.

install plugin

When you first arrive at the Qualys.com web site it will automatically detect which web browser you are using if one of –

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Safari

Now you will need to click the green button in order to install the appropriate plugin or add-on for the browser that you are using. You will likely receive a message asking for permission to continue as this step gives the program access to all the data on your computer.

run scan

Depending upon which browser you use you may or may not need to restart it to continue. When you are back on the Qualys site you will need to click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button in order to proceed. Doing this will allow the software to scan the browser you are using along with all of its installed plugins, add-ons and extensions.

identify issues

Once the scan is complete the program will report back any errors that it has detected, as you can see in the image above (yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn’t have any issues myself). Anyways, the results are displayed on the lower half of the page which details the various add-ons you have and a comment as to whether they are up to date or not.

At this point you will want to click the blue ‘Fix It’ button in order to address any issues that have been discovered.

fix issues

In my case pressing the button for Adobe Shockwave player initiated a download which I then ran in order to update the program. Once you have fixed all the issues that have been flagged up to you surf back to the first page and re-scan to confirm that your browser and its add-ons are now fully up to date.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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