Back in October of 2009, Mozilla launched the Mozilla Plugin Check tool to help Firefox users keep their plugins/addons up-to-date, addressing the issue of outdated plugins being a major source of security and stability risks for users.
Yesterday, Mozilla announced that the Mozilla Plugin Check tool will now also be supporting other web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.
We believe that plugin safety is an issue for the web as a whole, so while our initial efforts focused on building a page that would work for Firefox users, the team has since expanded plugin check coverage to work with Safari 4, Chrome 4, and Opera 10.5. We have added support for Internet Explorer 7 and 8 for the most popular plugins, as well, but since IE requires specific code to be written for each plugin it will take us a little longer to get to full coverage.
The Mozilla Plugin Check tool can identify most popular plugins – Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Quicktime, Shockwave Flash, DivX, Windows Media Player and RealPlayer just to name a few. Although the plugin database is maintained and frequently updated by Mozilla, there could be some instances where the plugin cannot be recognized or the web-based tool cannot provide accurate information regarding a certain plugin.
To use the Mozilla Plugin Check tool, just visit the Plugin Check page and it will automatically scan and detect all plugins installed in the web browser and will display information on which plugins are up-to-date or needs to be updated.
Anyone else using the Mozilla Plugin Checker tool? Are all your browser plugins up-to-date? What other features or options would you like to add to the Mozilla Plugin Checker? Please share your thoughts.