While Windows Update or Firefox’s automatic update systems help keep browsers patched, there are components within that often need patching.  Keeping Adobe Flash and JAVA patched are also important security safeguards.

Browser Security – Up to 80% may need one or more patches

QUOTE: Wolfgang Kandeck, CEO of Qualys, said during a presentation at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco that 80 percent of browsers his company’s BrowserCheck service checked were missing one or more patches, ComputerWorld has reported.  “I really thought it would be lower,” said Kandek of the nearly 80% of browsers that lacked one or more patchesBrowserCheck scans Windows, Mac and Linux machines for vulnerable browsers, as well as up to 18 browser plug-ins, including Adobe’s Flash and Reader, Oracle‘s Java and Microsoft‘s Silverlight and Windows Media Player.