Sep 6 2008

Scan Your Vista Computer for Software Vulnerabilities with Secunia PSI

The Secunia PSI is the FREE security tool that is designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities, and it works great. Software vulnerabilities affect all applications installed on your computer, from the Operating System down to your email client, office application, instant messaging, and so on.

What are software vulnerabilities?
A software vulnerability is basically a programming error/flaw in a software application, that can be used by a hacker to perform actions, which have a security impact on your computer. These actions range from disclosure of sensitive information stored on your computer (like credit card numbers and account information) to automatic installation of viruses, trojans, keyloggers, or other code.

First download the free Secunia PSI program them install it and let it do a scan of your system. When it’s finished you will be presented with the results page.

The first tab is the Overview :
It will give you your score and state of your porgrams.

The next tab is the Insecure tab.
This page displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer for which there are known security updates available. They recommend, that you update or uninstall all programs listed here. Click any entry on this page to view further details. It will give you the programs version number and a link to its website so you can get the update.

End-of-Life Programs:

This page displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer, which the vendor no longer supports. The vendor will not issue patches or alerts regarding security issues that could expose your computer to security threats. We recommend, that you update or uninstall all programs listed here. Click any entry on this page to view further details.

Patched Programs:

This page displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer for which there are no known security updates available. Programs listed here does as such not require further attention from you.

Scan Your Computer:

During the scan, the Secunia PSI will detect programs installed on your computer and determine whether any of them are missing any security related updates (Insecure), or whether the vendor has stopped supporting the product (End-of-Life).

PSI Settings:

Change the behaviour of the Secunia PSI using the PSI Settings. Manage your Ignore Rules for programs you don’t wish to see in your PSI interface.

Secunia Profile:

Change and update your Secunia Profile. Having a Secunia Profile allows you to participate in upcoming events, manage your Secunia mailing list subscriptions, participate in forum discussions, access more help, assist other PSI users, and get notified about new features from Secunia.

Send Feedback:

Send them your thoughts! Let them know what you think about the Secunia PSI, what they can improve.

Upgrade to the Secunia NSI 2.0 – Scan and Manage Your Network:

This version is about $30.US for each computer and lets you scan all the computers on your network.

The Secunia Network Software Inspector (NSI) 2.0 is capable of producing the same quality results as this free Secunia Personal Software Inspector that you already have installed on your computer. Although with one huge difference; The Secunia NSI 2.0 is capable of conducting the scans over your local network and aggregating the results from one, five, or thousands of hosts in an easy to overview and manage interface, providing you with an overview of all hosts that you manage.

What is the difference between the Secunia PSI vs. the Secunia NSI 2.0
The Secunia NSI 2.0 is the commercial, network aware, version of the Secunia PSI designed for computer networks. Whereas the Secunia PSI is solely available for standalone private computers (Home PCs).

All told this is a must use free program.

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