At a Glance
- Free and easy to use; Lets you update apps from within PSI
- Doesn’t explain specific security threats
Identify program security leaks and batten down the hatches with this free software.
One of the biggest security threats out there doesn’t come from
malicious hackers or online identity thieves. It actually comes
from you, the innocent PC user and your out-of-date software. But
you can put an end to that threat with the free Secunia Personal
Software Inspector (PSI), which identifies and helps patch the
problematic programs you may be running.
versions of the app, Secunia PSI scans your computer to
identify the software programs you’re running, and lets you know
whether or not they are up to date. Its interface is friendly
enough that it won’t intimidate newbies, yet provides enough
information about the overall security of your PC to keep more
advanced users satisfied. The main Dashboard gives a quick summary
of your PC’s security, which includes a notification of your
overall system score and how it compares to other users. You also
can see how your PC’s security score has changed in recent weeks
and months, and how recently you have applied patches to your
To see how secure your individual programs are, you switch to
the “Scan Results” view, which lists all of your installed
applications and their security status. End-of-Life and Insecure
apps appear in a list at the top, and Secunia PSI rates the threat
that each one poses, so you can decide how quickly to apply fixes.
And applying fixes is a breeze, as you can do so right from within
New in version 2.0 of Secunia PSI is an Auto Update feature,
which allows you to configure the application to automatically
apply updates to your system. This is a nice touch for users who
want to make sure that they are running the latest versions of
their apps, but hate being prompted to make updates or apply
patches. And Secunia PSI will notify you, via messages messages
that pop up from your system tray, when updates have been made, so
you don’t have to worry about the app making changes you’re not
aware of. You also can change the app’s settings so that it
delivers detailed notifications of changes and can set it to create
a system log, if you’d like to keep a more detailed record.
Secunia PSI provides a free, easy way to stay on top of an
important aspect of your PC’s security. If you’re looking for a
set-it-and-forget-it way to keep your applications up to date, this
is the app for you.