By Morten R. Stengaard
At Secunia, we are on a constant mission to make PCs safe worldwide. We are already on a roll helping more than 4.8 million security-aware users to stay secure. However, we want to reach ALL users. This is why we encourage regular patching of programs by offering a valuable free resource that simplifies the patching process - the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI).
However, we always want to go the extra mile. Which is why we asked ourselves the question: “Despite being a great product, is the Secunia PSI still too technical for less technically confident users?” Also, “Would your grandparents, or mum or dad, be able to use it easily?”
Because we want to change the face of home PC security as we know it, we decided to invest dedicated time and resources into re-evaluating the Secunia PSI and taking it to the next level…to streamline its functionality and usability as much as possible…to make this great product even greater.
It therefore gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the new Secunia PSI 3.0 (currently in public beta).
Over the past few years the number of vulnerabilities affecting typical end-points has more than tripled with the majority of these (78%) found in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs*, which are considerably more difficult to patch as several different update mechanisms are required. As a result of this, programs are often left unpatched by users. Cybercriminals know this!
To help solve this problem, the Secunia PSI 3.0 is designed to be a one-stop-shop for security updates that provides a hassle-free user experience at the same time as increasing your PC security. It makes keeping your third-party programs updated easier than ever before by automatically patching the most popular programs using the Secunia Package System (SPS). The benefit of this is that you don't have to manually update multiple programs, as this is done automatically in the background by the Secunia PSI. You still have to manually update some of your programs, which is unavoidable. However, to relieve the burden of this task, we have introduced a completely re-designed and simplified user interface.
As antivirus is not enough on its own to protect your PC, the Secunia PSI is a great way to update and secure your installed software safely and easily…for free…and with just one click.
As PC World said, “Secunia PSI is one of 6 Super Security Freebies.”
You are an integral part of the Secunia PSI - it's a two way street.
Help us shape the Secunia PSI's future by testing the beta version before the general release later this year and sharing your valuable feedback with us. As a preview, I can confirm that the general release of the Secunia PSI 3.0 will be available in multiple languages to make it even more personal to you.
- Download the beta version today and start your test drive here.
- You can share your opinion with other beta testers in our community forum.
- Watch our brief animated video here.
Please spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues too.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Morten R. Stengaard
Director Product Management & Quality Assurance
*Source: Secunia Yearly Report 2011.