Monthly Archives: September 2012
Keep your PC secure by updating insecure 3rd party programs installed on your computer.
We’re always harping on folks to do their Critical Windows Updates on a regular basis but what about all the other programs you’ve installed on your computer. Trying to keep all those applications updated and secure manually could take an awful lot of time and become a real hassle.
Secunia Personal Software Inspector might just be your salvation.
Secunia PSI 3.0 is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs which can expose PCs to attacks. Simply put, it is scanning software which identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard the data on your PC against cybercriminals. It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe.
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) even automates the updates for your insecure programs, making it a lot easier for you to maintain a secure PC. Using a scanner like Secunia PSI 3.0 is complementary to antivirus software, and as a free computer security program, it’s essential for every home computer.
If you don’t want to install Secunia PSI on your home computer, there’s Secunia’s OSI (Online Software Inspector) that runs from their website.
The Secunia Online Software Inspector, or short OSI, is a fast way to scan your PC for the most common programs and vulnerabilities, thus checking if your PC has a minimum security baseline against known patched vulnerabilities.
Use the Secunia OSI to get a feel for the Secunia Software Inspector technology, then upgrade to the Secunia PSI or CSI, which covers practically all programs on your PC, whereas the OSI checks less than 100 programs.
- Detects insecure versions of common/popular programs installed on your PC
- Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
- Assists you in updating, patching, and protecting your PC
- Activates additional security features in Sun Java
- Runs through your browser. No installation or download is required
- If you run the Secunia PSI or CSI – then you’re already covered
Keep in mind that Secunia OSI is a manual solution that only checks the top 100 applications while PSI, once installed, will automatically keep all your software up to date.
Either way – Secunia Personal Software and their Online Software Inspector are both FREE for home users. The Corporate products are pay per user solutions and you can get a quote right from their website,
Accidently deleting files, pictures and documents is easy –getting them back is more of problem.
When files are deleted from your hard drive, they are moved to the recycle bin which gives you a chance to change your mind and restore them if you need to. But if you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin and then realize you needed the files – you’d be up the proverbial creek.
That is – until you download and install OSForensics from Passmark Software.
This FREE tool enables you to search your drive for recoverable files even after they have been removed from the Recycle Bin and then restore them to their original state.
This functionality is very useful in its own right, but the file recovery tool can also be used to retrace your steps so you can find websites and files you’ve been using but may have forgotten the name of. Taking this train of thought a little further, one could also retrace their child’s or perhaps a disgruntled employees steps to see what they’ve been up to and what type of mischief they may have been involved in.
Another very useful feature of OSForensics is its powerful search function giving you the ability to search through email archives. The indexing process can open and read most popular mail file formats (including Outlook PST’s) and even identify individual messages without having an email client installed.
The indexing process is not limited to just emails either – it can also index other files such as Word Documents and PDF’s making their contents available for searching as well.
What more could you ask of a “FREE” program?
Here’s the icing on the cake – OSForensics can recover usernames and passwords from recently accessed websites in common web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.
The program is FREE for Personal, Educational and Home use but you can only get support via their free public forum. If you want phone and email support it will cost you $190 per year.
Does this sound like a tool that should be in your computer toolbox? Visit their website to get more information and download OSForensics