IT security vendor Secunia launched the latest version of the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI), PSI 3.0, at the 2012 RSA Conference. Secunia PSI 3.0 features automatic patching of software and a simplified user interface.
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a free security scanner designed for home computer users. The new version detects insecure programs from all software vendors that need updating, then downloads and installs the required security updates automatically every seven days.
The Secunia PSI works by scanning files on a computer (primarily .exe, .dll and .ocx files) that contain non-specific meta information provided by the software vendor. This data is the same for all users and originates from the installed programs on a computer.
After examining all the files on the local hard drive, the data is sent to Secunia's servers, which compare the data to the Secunia File Signatures engine. This information can then be used to provide a report of the missing security updates for the user’s system, and any updates are performed automatically.
PSI 3.0 also includes a redesigned interface, non-intrusive authenticated vulnerability and patch scanning, auto-update of programs and plug-ins from thousands of vendors and security status reports for each.
The Secunia PSI 3.0 is currently in beta, which is being made available to allow testing and evaluation by the public, Secunia customers, and the community prior to the final product release in June 2012. The beta version can be downloaded from Secunia’s website.
Secunia is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and has operations in North America, the U.K. and the Middle East.
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