Out-of-date plugins for Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari? Mozilla can help

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The folks at Mozilla, makers of the popular Firefox browser, have introduced a free service that checks for known buggy or insecure versions of plugins for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

Plugins are the tiny micro-apps that augment your browser, helping you to watch videos online, view PDF documents, etc.

Usually plugins aren’t written by the same people who developed your web browser, which might mean that some of you have struggled to keep up to speed about the latest security vulnerabilities and latest updates. And clearly that’s bad news when more and more hackers are exploiting the more commonly-used plugins in their attacks.

Mozilla began checking Firefox plugins were up-to-date earlier this year, but has now extended its service to cover other popular web browsers as it…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.