Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a really great FREE security tool. Secunia PSI helps you keep your programs and browser plug-ins updated. The program scans your computer and lets you know which of your programs or plug-ins have updates available or which are outdated and no longer supported.
Many programs are updated when there is a security vulnerability and if you don’t get that update you are more likely to be attacked by a program exploiting the vulnerability. Anti-virus programs are not usually able to block such attacks so the only way to prevent them is to get the security updates as soon as they come out.
Unless you keep track of exactly what you download and install on your computer, including browser plug-ins, and check the websites of those programs often, you may not be aware that there is an update that needs to be installed. Even if you have your browser set to update on a regular basis…sometimes an update will fail for some reason and you might not be aware of it. You might think you are safe when you really are not. Secunia PSI takes care those problems for you.
You can run it in the background and set it to scan your computer every so often and let you know if anything needs updating. Or you can just have it on your computer and run it on demand. I have mine running in the background because I tend to forget to run it. You may set it to auto update a particular program as well if you want to. I have mine set to let me know so I can decide if I want to update then or not.
This is a really great program and can help you keep your computer secure if you use it on a regular basis. If you have ever forgotten to get updates or been the victim of an exploit…this program can help keep that from happening again! And remember…it’s FREE!