Plugin Updating Project: Follow up

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I wrote last week about a new project we’ve [Mozilla] started, informing our users when they’re running out of date versions of popular plugins. We focused our initial efforts on the Adobe Flash Player and now, a week after launch, Mozilla’s Numerator, Ken Kovash, has a blog post up looking at the results.

Those results have been nothing short of awesome. In the first week that the project has been live, we’ve seen 10 million people click through from our page to Adobe’s update site. As Ken points out, this is not just a huge number, it’s also about 5x higher click through than that page typically sees.

We’re continuing to look for ways to help our users stay safe and up to date. We’re working to roll other plugins into our web-based checking, and the Firefox team is also building an integrated check that will let you know whenever a site you visit is trying to use an outdated plugin (more on that soon). This is just the beginning.

Johnathan Nightingale
Human Shield

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