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General Availability of the Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0 Final Release Launches Worldwide

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New Secunia PSI 3.0 features automatic security patch updates, dramatically simplified user interface and intuitive preferences to help users safeguard PCs and data against cybercriminals
9:00 CET on the 28th June 2012
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 Copenhagen, Denmark - June 28 - Secunia, the leading provider of IT security solutions that help businesses and private individuals manage and control vulnerability threats, today announced the worldwide general availability of the new Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.  Currently there are more than five million Secunia PSI users worldwide.  As the number of vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs increases, coupled with the sheer number of people accessing the internet, email and downloading programs or plug-ins each day, the launch of Secunia PSI 3.0 arrives at an important time for users – technical as well as non-technical - worldwide.

”We are on a mission to secure PCs worldwide and in our continued efforts to do this we are unveiling a new Secunia PSI that is simple and useful for the non-technical user as well as the very technically minded user, and one that will help private PC users worldwide stay secure against the ever-increasing vulnerability threats,” said Morten R. Stengaard, Director of Product Management and Quality Assurance at Secunia. ”We want the new Secunia PSI 3.0 to be trusted not by just a few million users, but by everyone that has a private PC, and to do that it was absolutely critical that it be re-designed with the broader target group in mind.”

The Secunia PSI 3.0 is a free computer security scanner which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates, or patches. In making the decision to take the responsibility of developing software update packages for all vendors which Secunia supports and then pushing them out automatically to users, the new Secunia PSI 3.0 now gives users a “hands off” approach when it comes to software application security updates, making it easier and far more effective for users to maintain secure software applications and data housed on personal computers.   Whether the software vendor provides automatic security updates or not, Secunia PSI 3.0 users will now receive the automatic security patch updates from Secunia as part of the new version, a significant new feature from the previous version and a major leap forward in raising the security-level of computers worldwide.

Since the introduction of the first Secunia PSI in 2007, the free computer security scanner has evolved to support and provide the security status with unprecedented accuracy for more than 3,000 vendors, including Microsoft and third-party programs, the largest of any security scanner on the market. The new version of the Secunia PSI 3.0 has been carefully designed to serve and be extremely useful to users at all levels, something that the company has spent extensive time doing throughout multiple beta versions. Additionally, in making security more manageable for the private user, and in an effort to drive rapid global expansion and implementation of Secunia PSI, the application now includes localisation to support five languages including French, Spanish, German, Danish and English.

“The Secunia PSI 3.0 final release is the result of valuable and significant input from multiple beta releases and the active involvement and input from the Secunia community, for which we are extremely thankful,” said Stengaard. ”Since the introduction of the first beta version in February, our development team has worked hard on adding additional functionality, keeping a high focus on simplicity and usability with the objective of providing a user experience that is truly second-to-none. We have come a long way and are confident that the new Secunia PSI will be incredibly effective for helping users around the world stay secure with an accuracy that only Secunia can deliver.”

Secunia has focused on balancing the need and usage preferences of users of various levels.  For example, the simple dashboard interface upon start up provides a check mark indicator when the user’s computer is up to date. For the less technical user, they need to go no further, knowing their PC is secure.  However, a full list of all programs has been added to the full release to allow the more technically minded user to access additional information such as history reports or to set up individual application preferences for auto updates. 


Secunia PSI 3.0 Full Release Features

  • Simple User Interface
    Dramatically simplified user interface displays the key information that users need to know: scan results, the security status of installed software, and when these programs are up-to-date.
  • Automatic Patching
    With the Secunia PSI 3.0, users receive automatic updates for all software supported by the application. Previously Secunia only provided automatic updates for vendors that made automatic updates available.
  • Localization
    The Secunia PSI 3.0 can be installed in any one of five languages including French, Spanish, German, Danish and English. 
  • Program Ignore Rules
    Users have the ability to ignore updates to a particular program by creating ignore rules. This can, for example, be relevant if a user has an application that depends on an older version of another program or plug-in. Users may reverse this selection at any time.  Users also have the ability to view the file location and version number of an installed program.
  • History
    Reports about the updates installed and scans conducted can be accessed at any time through the history feature.
  • Share
    A new share link allows users to post a link on Facebook or Twitter feeds, making it easy for friends to try out the Secunia PSI 3.0.
  • Settings
    The settings menu allows users to select whether or not to install updates automatically, and which drives are to be scanned.

 

The Secunia PSI 3.0 can be downloaded from Secunia’s website now.

 

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It took me some time to successfully create a Profile so I could say how much I hate 3.0. I have been using PSI 2 for quite some time and am always proud when my PC gets a 100% rating. The new user interface is totally useless even for a "newbie"/i I am sure that your corporate users won't like it either.
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After converting PSI 2.0 to 3.0 then come here to comment, I had to jump thru hoops to be recognized so I could log in, but now I got past that.

In summary, I am very pleased with what I have seen so far. I have some suggestions for future upgrade consideration.

I have Windows XP pro, on two PC in my home, personal, and supplied by my employer.

I finished my day job end-fiscal June weekend updates, via VPN, before doing any updates this weekend.
I studied info about 3.0 from Secunia and Krebs before upgrading July-1 afternoon, on home PC first, and also jotted down some concerns as I went thru the process. I was happy to see that it remembered my 2.0 settings, and the History showed problems which I had not previously been able to access.

I hope history in future will help with the annoyance of me leaving PC powered up while I sleep, set to do anti-virus updates, scan, Microsoft, and other stuff update in wee hours, then next morning I find that SOMETHING has rebooted my PC, and it is darn near impossible to figure out what got changed, caused reboot.

I selected MANUAL install of updates, because I like to make a Sys Config Backup before any patching. This is because occasionally a patch screws things up, and I want to go back to a previous version. Very few vendors provide such safety in the automated patch process. If PSI does so, it is not yet clear to me.

It told me that one of the 41 applications, which it knows about, was in need of manual upgrade, made if very easy for me to do so. I know I can add more applications, but have chosen not to do so for my IBM Access to AS/400 because I know I have a version of that which is over 10 years old. My employer cannot upgrade to latest IBM because of extortion practices of vendor software we run on the IBM platform.

For security reasons, I do not use Pay Pal, or credit card over Internet.
Hopefully there will be a link to an address to which we can send $ via check or money order to show our appreciation for this fine work.

There is an option to share with friends via Facebook + Twitter.
I suggest adding RSS Reader, e-mail, G+, Linked-In

Traditionally, PSI tells me about software on my PC, not add-ons to my browser, for which I use QUALSYS Browser Check.


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I for one do not like the new upgrade. It is no user friendly as you seem to imply.
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