When you visit a website, you are allowing that site to access a lot of information about your computer’s configuration. Combined, this information can create a kind of fingerprint — a signature that could be used to identify you and your computer. “Browser fingerprinting” is a method of tracking web browsers by the configuration and settings information they make visible to websites, rather than traditional tracking methods such as IP addresses and unique cookies. Some companies use this technology to try to identify individual computers. How secure is your browser from attack from Internet. Here are our favorite free online pages ready to test your browser defense skills. Go ahead and run quick test and if the result is not satisfying and there are a lot of “red” lines in your statistics it is time for you to pump browser muscles with few add-ons.
Panopticlick is a research project designed to better uncover the tools and techniques of online trackers and test the efficacy of privacy add-ons.
Online port scanning service created by Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation and hosted at grc.com. The purpose of this utility is to alert the users of any ports that have been opened through their firewalls or through their NAT routers. The utility can scan the most common file sharing ports, as well as all service ports (1-1056), and user defined ports, in sets of 64. It is often recommended for checking port vulnerabilities. The scanning servers have the static IP addresses of 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
BrowserSpy.dk is a collection of online tests that shows you just how much personal information can be collected from your browser just by visiting a page.
BrowserSpy.dk can tell you all kinds of detailed information about you and your browser. Information ranging from simple stuff like the name and version of your browser to more detailed stuff like what kind of fonts you have installed and what hardware you’re running on.
It can test all the following areas of connectivity:
We didn’t mentioned tests like Qualys BrowserCheck because they required extra installation of plug-in into browser.
In case that somehow you are still using Internet Explorer, the only thing you can do is to use another browser than Microsoft Internet Explorer. IE has way too many security problems for it to be a safe browser. Consider using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
If you want to upgrade and protect other parts of your Digital life visit our article Digital Security software for 2016 where you will find more hints and tools to go out of bad guys radar.