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Are You Being Watched?

— May 7, 2002 — Qualys today launches its free browser vulnerability check-up for consumers. The online check-up impersonates a hacker to perform a series of tests against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to detect vulnerabilities and reveal details about how an intruder may potentially be able to hack into a computer system and retrieve personal information. It is available at

Run interactively and in real time, these tests identify browser vulnerabilities and provide links to validated fixes to help consumers become aware of their security holes before they can be exploited through an attack from a hacker.

“You wouldn’t leave your front door open allowing anyone to come in? Consumers need to be aware of how vulnerable their computers and personal information are”, says Ricardo Lavie-Peretz, Qualys vice president of Europe. “Providing the free browser checkup, we hope to educate consumers on the number of vulnerabilities they’re exposed to through one simple application.”

The installed base of Internet Explorer, more than 400 million users worldwide, can run any or all of the tests offered by Qualys to check if they are vulnerable to intruders viewing their system. The tests include cookie disclosure, clipboard reading, program and file execution, security zone and web page spoofing, and hard drive access (further details on any of these tests can be provided on request).

The Qualys browser check-up can be run simply with a click of the mouse. While the tests illustrate how a hacker can download malicious applications, nothing will be downloaded onto the users’ computer, making the tests completely safe to run. If vulnerabilities are found, Qualys offers suggestions on how to remedy the problems.

About Qualys

With more than 2,000 subscribers ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, Qualys has become the leader in on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, conduct automated security audits and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Qualys’ on demand technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its distributed scanning capabilities and unprecedented scalability make it ideal for large, distributed organisations. Hundreds of large companies have deployed Qualys on a global scale, including AXA, DuPont, Hershey Foods, ICI Ltd, Novartis, Sodexho, Standard Chartered Bank and many others. Qualys is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European offices in France, Germany and the U.K., and Asian representatives in Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea and the Republic of China. For more information, please visit

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