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Mozilla Releases Plugin Checking Tool For Firefox

Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday has unleashed a brand new security tool to let Firefox users keep some specific browser plugins up-to-date.

The new tool, dubbed as “Plugin Check”, is available in the guise of a web page that shows information on a selected number of visitors’ plugins, and aims to help users checking whether some specific plugins are updated, or a latest release of any plugin is available.

As of now, the service incorporates as many as 15 plugins, with additional coverage to include more plugins is there on the cards.

However, plugin update tracker will be incorporated as an in-built functionality of the upcoming version of the browser Firefox 3.6, which is scheduled to hit download websites sometime in the next month.

The newly-launched security tool comes as a part of an initiative kicked off last month to persuade Firefox users to update older versions of Adobe Flash Player.

According to Mozilla, around 99 percent of Firefox users have had Adobe Flash Player installed, and 75 percent of those were still running the older iterations.

Jonathan Nightingale from Mozilla Foundation has hailed the new project by saying: “This is a really important project for us, because old versions of plugins can cause crashes and other stability problems, and can also be a major security risk”.

Our Comments

Adobe products have been hit recently by a number of security scares and although they were targeted at Acrobat products, it shows, without doubt, that users need to be educated about the need to upgrade their plugins regularly.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.