I’m a games player, and I bet you are too. But unlike most computer users, I do not play games with my computer’s security. I don’t play games where the odds are stacked against me, and neither should you.
Many of us now store a large volume of confidential personal information on our home computers, including information concerning our personal finances, taxes, health, and perhaps personal documentation of other types.
Yes, I know you think that your data is well protected from cyber-criminals since you run the most expensive anti-malware suite available, and you are careful and cautious while surfing the Internet. But, unless you monitor your system for insecure and unpatched software installations, you have left a huge gap in your defenses. In a sense, this amounts to playing Russian Roulette with cyber-criminals.
Playing Russian Roulette with cyber crooks is a mugs game – the six-shooter is loaded with SIX bullets. Unfortunately, you get to go first, and ducking is not an option in this game. The bad guys will win; you will lose. But hey, you might get lucky!
So how do you ensure that your software installations are secure and remain patched? There’s an easy answer – download and install, the free Secunia Personal Software Inspector, (PSI).
PSI constantly monitors your system for insecure software installations, notifies you when an insecure application is installed, and even provides you with detailed instructions for updating the application when available.
ZD Net, one of my favorite web sites has stated “Secunia Personal Software Inspector, quite possibly the most useful and important free application you can have running on your Windows machine”. In my view, this is not an overstatement.
Installing this small free application will definitely assist you in identifying possible security leaks; give it a try.
The Secunia PSI is free for private use.
Allows you to secure your PC – Patch your applications – Be proactive
Scans for Insecure and End-of-Life applications
Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
Tracks your patch-performance week by week
Direct and easy access to security patches.
Detects more than 300,000 unique application versions
Provides a detailed report of missing security related updates
Provides a tabbed report which indicates programs that are no longer supported – programs with all known patches – insecure programs, etc.
Provides a Toolbox offering a set of links which helps you assess a problem and how you can resolve it.
Let me offer you this recent quote from PSI Partner Manager, Mikkel Winther, “PC users need to patch! They need to patch all their vulnerable programs and they need to do so as fast as possible after the patch has been issued from the vendor. It is only a question of time – and luck – as to when your system will be compromised.”
He adds “The best solution is to have a program taking care of your patches and your vulnerabilities. Secunia Personal Software Inspector is the only tool that does this and since it is available for all private users for free, there is really “no excuse” not to patch.”
I couldn’t agree more Mikkel.
System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP 32/64bit, and Vista 32/64bit
Download at: Download.com
As an added bonus for users, Secunia provides a forum where PSI users can discuss patching, product updates, exploits, the PSI, and anything else security-related.
If you need to update, or add, additional security applications to your computer, then checkout, Need Spyware, Virus, and Browser Protection? – Free Solutions, on this site for reviews and free security application downloads.
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