BrowserCheck gets automated daily scanning and Mac support

Qualys released a new version of Qualys BrowserCheck, the free service that helps people keep their browsers and plug-ins up-to-date to protect against harmful online content and malicious software.

The latest version now includes expanded support for Macs and enables users to automatically run daily scans that detect which browsers, plug-ins, system settings, security software, missing patches and applications are on each machine and whether newer versions have been released by the corresponding vendors.

Alerts are automatically generated whenever browsers or their plug-ins need updating, allowing users to fix and update missing patches that could expose them to cyber threats.

Qualys BrowserCheck now includes:

Expanded Mac support. BrowserCheck now offers deep scanning on OS X 10.6.8 and later, supports the major browsers (Safari, Chrome and Firefox), and checks for most common plug-ins.

Daily automatic scans. Users can set up BrowserCheck to scan computers daily. It identifies which browsers and plugins are installed on each computer, which security packages (such as antivirus, firewalls and disk encryption) are enabled, and whether any security updates are missing or needed, with links to the updates.

Ability to embed BrowserCheck within Custom URLs. Using BrowserCheck Business Edition, IT Administrators can embed BrowserCheck functionality within their organization’s’ domain webpages to continuously monitor which browsers and plug-ins are installed on each machine.

Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys said: “Browsers today are the most important piece of technology that we rely on in our day-to-day activities, so helping users keep their browsers and plug-ins up-to-date provides defense against the spread of attacks, benefitting us all.”

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