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Qualys Adds Automated Daily Scanning and Mac Support to Its Popular Free BrowserCheck Service
Service Helps Individuals Automatically Keep Their Browsers and Plug-ins Maintained at the Latest Security Level for Safer Internet Use
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 – Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today released a new version of Qualys BrowserCheck, the popular, 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.
Web browsers and their plug-ins are increasingly a preferred target of malware attacks as people use the internet and web applications for social and business interactions, including checking email, shopping online, playing browser-based games, or surfing for news.
Qualys BrowserCheck now includes:
- Expanded Mac support. BrowserCheck now offers deep scanning on Apple MacOS 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 organisations’ domain webpages to continuously monitor which browsers and plug-ins are installed on each machine.
“As we enter October – National Cyber Security Awareness Month – we are pleased to add automatic daily scanning and increased Mac support to BrowserCheck so everyone can use the free service to continuously keep their browsers and plug-ins updated to protect against cyber threats,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys. “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.”
About Qualys BrowserCheck
Qualys BrowserCheck, the popular, free service powered by the QualysGuard Cloud Platform, performs scans to identify whether browsers or plug-ins are out-of-date and potentially vulnerable to malicious code that hackers can hide in websites. It also provides automated scheduled scans to help users detect which browsers, plugins, system settings, security software, missing patches and apps require new patches or security updates. When issues are identified, the service provides alerts with links for the more recent patches. Qualys BrowserCheck is available both for individuals and organisations for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP through Windows 8 and for Macs running Apple MacOS X 10.6.8 and later.
About BrowserCheck Business Edition
Qualys BrowserCheck Business Edition extends BrowserCheck capabilities to provide IT administrators organisational tracking and reporting of browser security within their entire organisations.
For more information about Qualys BrowserCheck or to use the service to protect web browsers, visit www.qualys.com/browsercheck. More details about this release can be found at the Qualys community: www.qualys.com/browsercheckblog.
About QualysGuard Cloud Platform
The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and its integrated suite of security and compliance solutions help provide organisations of all sizes with a global view of their security and compliance posture while reducing their total cost of ownership. The QualysGuard Cloud Suite, which includes Vulnerability Management, Web Application Scanning, Malware Detection Service, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance and Qualys SECURE Seal, enables customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyse large amounts of IT security data, discover and prioritise vulnerabilities and malware, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions.
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions with over 6,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and integrated suite of solutions help organisations simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organisations, including Accuvant, BT, Dell SecureWorks, Fujitsu, NTT, Symantec, Verizon, and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.