Test your browser’s security

A new, free, web-based service from cyscon GmbH tests your web browser and reports any security issues it finds.

Check-and-secure starts by checking your computer for open ports, then compares your IP address against a list of addresses associated with botnet activity.

Next, you have the option of checking your browser version and looking for out of date plugins like Java, Flash, and Silverlight. This is arguably the most useful part of the service, and you can get to it directly, which is handy.

The remainder of the service consists of offers to install various local security software packages. I haven’t yet tried the Cyscon Vaccination software, so can’t comment on its efficacy.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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