15:00 CET, 5th June 2013 By Maria Eriksen-Jensen, VP of Business Development and Marketing.
We believe that language is an important component in security when developing security solutions for private users: to utilize a software program fully and confidently, you need to feel at ease with the functionality. Receiving instructions and alerts in your own language ensures that you are able to make full use of a product developed to help you stay secure.
Therefore we have now translated the PSI into yet another language: Dutch.
The Secunia PSI 3.0 is a free security solution for private users, which scans the computer and identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates, or patches.
Secunia’s ambition with the Personal Software Inspector is to make it easy for the less tech savvy computer users to protect their computer from insecure software, and by translating it we hope to have helped our Dutch users to move one more step in the right direction – towards staying secure.
From the Secunia Country Reports which we published today for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to celebrate the availability of the PSI in Dutch, we know that the share of unpatched programs on private PCs is substantial and therefore should be a very real security concern for private PC users.
And as the number of vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs increase, users need to be ever more diligent about updating all the programs on their computers with the software security updates regularly issued by the software vendors.
Hackers know that most private users:
• consider regular security maintenance on their PCs hard work
• aren’t aware how important it is, and that they should deal with it
• do not prioritize it.
And the hackers know that, as a result, the PCs of private users are inadequately patched and therefore easily compromised.
A good example of the hard work required by end users:
It takes 23 different update mechanisms to keep a Dutch PC patched
The average PSI user in the Netherlands has 74 programs installed on their computer from 23 different vendors
- 27 from Microsoft, requiring 1 update mechanism, and 47 programs from 22 other vendors, requiring 23 different update mechanisms.
Consequently, the average Dutch computer user has to master 23 different update mechanisms just to keep their PC safe!
Microsoft programs are updated automatically by Microsoft. So that’s 1 update process down, and 22 different processes to go.
The remaining 47 programs all have to be updated as new vulnerabilities are discovered and new security updates are released from one of the 22 different vendors. For every vendor’s update mechanism, users have to familiarize themselves with a new process. This often means visiting the vendor’s website and following instructions which might not be in your native language, identifying the right version of the software, and going through a number of steps to uninstall the old version and install the new one - 22 times!
The problem with vulnerable software
Although applying these updates is time-consuming, complicated and probably not top-of-mind with most people, you must do it regularly. And to make it easier, you can rely on solutions like the Secunia PSI 3.0.
The problem with software vulnerabilities is that it is like opening a backdoor to your PC: hackers will have had time to develop malicious programs that can gain access to your computer and exploit your personal data, including bank details, passwords, and so on.
To stay on top of your software updates it is not enough to have a basic antivirus solution installed – you need specific patch management software like Secunia’s PSI 3.0, which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates or patches, and then applies them for you, so you don’t need to think about it.
Maria Eriksen-Jensen, VP of Business Development at Secunia.
PS: Wondering what a vulnerability is?
A software vulnerability is a flaw in the software code, which can be exploited by hackers to gain access to the computer. Vulnerabilities are the root cause of security issues, and to neutralize the potential threat it is necessary to “patch” the flaw. This is done by applying security updates, as soon as they are available from the vendor.
About Secunia PSI 3.0
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0 is a free computer security solution for private PC users. The Secunia PSI 3.0 is a scanner which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates, or patches. Since it was launched in 2007, the PSI has been downloaded by millions of users worldwide.
The Secunia PSI 3.0 is now available in English, German, Spanish, French, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch.
About the State of Security on private PCs:
Read the Secunia Country Reports, which tell you how much vulnerable software is present on private PCs in a number of countries.
The Secunia Vulnerability Review 2013
The Secunia Vulnerability Review 2013 analyzes the evolution of software security from a global, industry, enterprise, and endpoint perspective. It presents data on vulnerabilities, exploits, the availability of patches, and correlates this information with the market share of programs to evaluate the true threats.