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Secunia publishes vulnerability profile of the average UK PC user

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13:30 CET on the 29th April 2014
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Too many PCs inadequately patched and easily compromised

London, 29 April, 2014Secunia, the leading provider of IT security solutions for vulnerability management, has published its latest report documenting the state of security among private PC users in the UK. The report reveals that as cybercrimes grow in complexity and frequency, infrequent patching and security maintenance is leaving users’ systems open to exploits.

The Secunia PSI country report reveals the average PC user in the UK has 76 different programmes installed from 26 different vendors. Of these, 31 are Microsoft programmes and 45 are from third party (non-Microsoft) sources. This means that on a typical PC the user is required to master 26 different update mechanisms in order to address vulnerabilities. 58% of the identified vulnerabilities originated from third party programmes, 29% from Microsoft programmes and 13% from operating systems.

Morten Stengaard, CTO at Secunia said, "Good security management means removing programmes that aren’t used and regularly patching those that are. However, cybercriminals know that most private users in the UK consider regular security maintenance hard work."

The report also reveals that more than 12% are using unpatched Windows operating systems, a figure likely to rise now that Windows XP is no longer being supported or maintained by Microsoft. 4.6% of installed programmes have reached end of life and are not being patched by the vendor.

Just over one in ten third party programmes on the average PC are unpatched compared to just over 3% of Microsoft programmes. This suggests private individuals respond to the single update mechanism for the 31 Microsoft programmes but struggle to master the 25 other update mechanisms required for the remaining 45 programmes.

"It’s imperative that businesses and private individuals take simple steps to make their computer as secure as possible. The best way for private users to stay secure is to make sure the software on their PCs is always updated with the latest software security updates. To make this task easier, it is recommended to download the free Secunia PSI 3.0.

The Secunia PSI 3.0 is a free computer security scanner which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates. Secunia PSI 3.0 users receive automatic security updates from Secunia" concluded Stengaard.

Secunia’s country reports are based on data from scans by the Secunia Personal Software Inspector between 1 January and 31 March 2014. It is safe to assume that Secunia PSI users are more secure than other PC users.

To download the full report, please visit: secunia.com/resources/countryreports/uk/

Contacts:
Secunia Global Press Contact
Secunia UK Press Contact: Say Communication

 

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