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Windows 7: Four websites for testing browser security

28 Oct 2011   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Four websites for testing browser security

Four websites you can check your browser security & make a comparison. There were originally 5 listed in the article, but the last one apparently isn't around anymore......

NOTE: Norton Safe Web flags one of the tests on PC Flank as a possible threat (Caution). The test it flags (PC Flank Leaktest) has recently been added. Norton acknowledges that the rating is a result of Symantec's automated analysis system. If this is presented as a possible threat due to a false positive is unknown, therefore you may wish to avoid this test, or the website altogether.

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Norton: Web sites rated "Caution" may have a small number of threats and annoyances, but are not considered dangerous enough to warrant a red "Warning". Proceed with caution. The Norton rating is a result of Symantec's automated analysis system.
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When arriving at the Browserscope Web site, the first thing you see is test results comparing many aspects of the major Web browsers. Since this post is about Web-browser security, I’d like to focus on the Security tab. As can be expected, there are many tests in just that tab. This link explains their inner-workings.

A Web site called BrowserSPY.dkperforms the same checks, plus an additional 64 tests. Sadly, BrowserSPY does not offer fixes. But it does a credible job of explaining how much information is free for the taking when visiting a Web site.

The PC Flank Web site incorporates several tests that look at overall computer security as viewed from the Internet. The checks include Stealth Test, Advanced Port Scanner Test, Trojans Test, Exploits Test, and Browser Test. Once more, I want to focus on testing the Web browser. PC Flank tries to determine whether the Web browser gives up any personal information, location details, or specifics about your ISP.

If you don’t mind, Qualys BrowserCheck needs to install a plug-in. That’s how it looks for weaknesses in the Web browser, associated extensions, and ancillary applications. Checking aftermarket add-ons may seem like overkill, but it’s not. Attackers are finding vulnerable TPV code an easy way to gain access.
Article:

Five tips for testing Web browser security | TechRepublic


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29 Oct 2011   #2
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Thanks, Borg 386, for all of this.
No one should ignore these tests.
PS. I hope the cat won't succeed.
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29 Oct 2011   #3
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

I checked my system with those various tests. I am using Firefox.
The results vary somewhat.
PCFlank complained about cookies and referrals (but not in Firefox Safe Mode) but none of the other tests complained about that issue. One test (i forgot which one) said everything was ok.
Qualys told me that Foxit Reader was not up-to-date. I checked with Secunia PSI but no warning about Foxit was given.I then checked with Foxit and there was a new version which i installed. Qualys then said that everything was ok re. Foxit.
So here too it is a bit confusing what the score is. So many men, so many opinions.
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30 Oct 2011   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

FranzB, That's the way of security testing & AV reviews I'm afraid. You can look at 20 different test/reviews & get 20 different answers. At least this gives you a comparative, such as if the same problem keeps popping up on all the tests. Nothing is 100% when it comes to security.

I hope the cat doesn't succeed either...I have homework due....
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