Welcome to my blog. In here I hope to share with you tips, tricks, hacks and code that will make your life easier as a network administrator or general computer user. I come with a background in computer engineering and have worked for the past 12 years in the Library world as Manager of Library Systems. Even though some of my posts may be Library specific, most will be of use to all computer users.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Use PSI (Personal Software Inspector) to keep your computer safe

PSI is free software (for personal use) that is used by millions of people to keep their computers safe from hackers. It is a security tool that is designed to detect vulnerable and out of date programs and plug-ins which could be vulnerable to attacks. Attacks exploiting vulnerable programs and plug-ins are rarely blocked by traditional anti-virus and are therefore increasingly popular among hackers. 

The best way to protect your computer is to apply security updates, not just for Windows, but for all of your software that is installed on your computer. PSI automates this task for you and alerts you when your programs and plug-ins require updating to stay secure. 

First start by downloading the latest version of Secunia PSI from their website ftp://ftp.secunia.com/PSISetup.exe then install the software and run it. When it first runs you will be shown the main screen (below), click on the "Start Scan" button as indicated in the graphic below.

Once the scan has run you will be presented with a list of software that is installed on your computer that needs to be patched because of updates, or the fact that it is out of date. 

Under the "install solution" column you will see a "install solution" link. Clicking on this will download the patch or latest version of the software to update your old vulnerable version. Run this on a regular basis to keep your system safe and sound from hackers or criminals.  

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