Last updated on: September 6, 2020
A number of tech-savvy BrowserCheck users have asked whether we see the irony in the fact that Qualys BrowserCheck requires a plug-in to check on the security status of plug-ins. That’s a good point, especially for anyone familiar with the Java plug-in and the number of vulnerabilities it introduces to your computer.
However, we believe it is worth having one extra plug-in to gain accurate information and help secure your browser, since out-of-date plug-ins are the most likely entry points for hackers. Our statistics have shown that 4 in 5 surfers are open to browser exploits from flaws that have patches available, so are already fixed.
On Windows machines running Chrome and Firefox, BrowserCheck can be run with both the plug-in and using QuickScan. Under Internet Explorer, only the BrowserCheck ActiveX Plug-in is available at this time, because browser inspection is much more accurate via ActiveX.
Support for More Browsers and Android
Many thanks to the BrowserCheck dev team for their efforts in getting the tool to that level and keeping it updated with the latest threats. I constantly get comments on how useful the BrowserCheck is for beginners and experts alike.