15:38 CET on the 5th October 2011 Entry written by Secunia.
This CNet article by Dennis O’Reilly discusses how cybercriminals are finding new ways to trick PC users into downloading viruses and other software intended to steal personal information or spy on users. According to Reilly, “Computer security begins and ends with the operating system… The chances of a Windows update damaging your PC are far less than the potential of an infection due to the lack of an important security update.”
He therefore provides a detailed list of simple precautions that can keep PCs free of infection:
Get the latest versions of whatever software you use
Be on the lookout for phishy e-mails
Beware of stealth downloads
Regarding step 1, he says “Last May I described three free scanners that check your system for outdated, insecure software. My favorite of the three is Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI), which applies patches for your PC's software automatically and offers graphical views of your software-update history.”