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It’s just really good to see simple, uncomplicated mechanisms that make it easy to put computer security measures in place BEFORE you get hit with some damn malicious thing turns your machine into a spam-spewing bot or steals everything you own.

Quite frankly, Microsoft Patch Tuesday is a great, simple idea and Adobe hitching its security wagon to that was brilliant.

Mozilla just made public another simple-and-sound security device: Firefox Plug-in check ( )

The page presents a list of your plug-ins and a color-coded button that tells you if you need up update one of them.

Plug-ins from third-party applications can be security vulnerabilities when they’re out of date and often they aren’t updated when the application they serve are patched.

Mozilla says it’s planning an automatic plug-in updating function.

Tom Kelchner