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The Web is a magical place where the answer to almost any question is just a click away. But, the Web is also a place where deception and exploitation are always waiting just around the next link. In the past six months, there have been updates and advisories for some of the Web’s most used applications, such as QuickTime, Adobe Reader, several plug-ins and some Active X controls. It’s hard to stay on top of things, especially in this constantly changing world of the Internet. It can consume all of your time, trying to stay updated and configured, in such a way that you will not get taken advantage of while surfing the Web.

In this week’s security article, I’m going to discuss an online utility that will help you take a look at what information Web sites can gather just from your Web browser. It’s actually a suite of online utilities that, when run, can test different aspects of your system. In particular, the Web browser you are using and what information sites can collect because of it.

This utility is called BrowserSpy and it can check JavaScript, JVM, Java, plug-ins, components, language, screen, hardware, IP, cookies, Web server, FTP passwords and more. It not only produces detailed information about them all, but in some cases, it gives information on how to fix the issue. The service is, of course, free and since it’s an online service, there is no downloading necessary. Each test is sectioned off into its own cell in a table where you can simply click on the link for the individual test you would like to run and wait for the information to come up.

BrowserSpy is a tool you should put in your security toolbox. Schedule and run it with your next security scan to help you stay informed and more secure.

Go ahead and give BrowserSpy a whirl and see what others are already talking about.

You can check BrowserSpy out for yourself right here.

Until next week, stay safe out there!

~ Chad Stelnicki