Friday, January 11, 2008

You keep your operating system up to date, but what about everything else? 

There have been security problems with media players, PDF readers, VOIP software, and probably some other things I've forgotten about. These programs don't necessarily have an easy way to check for updates and install them. But if you run old versions they can be a security risk.

Security firm Secunia has released a tool called the Personal Software Inspector which you can download and run to get an inventory of what software you have installed and whether it's up to date with patches. It's only licensed for use on non-business machines, so I haven't been able to test it for you.

One of the questions I would ask if I were testing it would be whether it gives flase alarms. Not every old version is an insecure version.

Secunia is a reputable company, so don't be afraid of downloading software from them.

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