of US PC users who had Sun Java 6, with known vulnerabilities installed, hadn’t patched it even though a patch was available
different update mechanisms had to be mastered to patch the 75 programs on an average German PC.
of PC users in the UK had Apple iTunes 10 installed on their PCs, and 49% of those hadn’t patched it.
(source: Secunia PSI Country Reports, Q1 2013)
A vulnerable software program that isn't patched compromises the security of the PC. This is because it leaves the PC vulnerable to being exploited by hackers.
Vulnerabilities are discovered in software programs on a regular basis, and the vendor will release a patch for users to apply in the form of a security update. If users do not perform these updates, their PC will be vulnerable to attacks because hackers can use the vulnerability as an entry point.
If you do not update your software with the latest security update, you cannot be sure that it is secure. Hackers who exploit vulnerabilities can gain access to your computer and everything on it – including your bank and credit card details, your passwords, and all your social media activity.
Endpoints are where the most valuable data (business-critical data, personal information, etc.) is found to be the least protected.
Endpoints are also difficult to secure because of their extremely dynamic nature and unpredictable usage patterns, which are difficult to defend.
As the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is on the rise, IT security teams in the corporate world are finding it increasingly difficult to control and secure endpoints.
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The Secunia Country Reports are based on data from the millions of users of Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector (PSI). The data includes the average numbers of installed programs – patched and unpatched – on private PCs in the different countries.
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