Do you know that any outdated application on your PC lead to greater the risk of compromising system security? Perhaps yes, and that might be the reason you are reading this, anyway. The primary purpose developers push newer software updates of their applications so frequently, is to implement various enhancements. The secondary, on the other hand, is to deal with a number of system vulnerabilities. As viruses and malwares are continuously on the rise (and some are even revamped), many obsolete programs on your computer can easily get infected. If memory serves you well, you might recall that we reviewed Secunia PSI that to update obsolete applications on your PC, which might be compromising system security. Secunia has finally come up with a new version (version 3.0) of Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector), giving it a facelift and a few other enhancements here and there. Should you unaware of the application itself (or you like spending time under a rock), the application is a one-stop-shop for updating all your installed programs from within a single location. It generates a SSS (Secunia System Score), letting you know of the chances of vulnerability, that is, the lower it is, the more cautious you should be. We went ahead to find out what changes have been made to this handsome utility.
The obvious mainstay here is a completely redesigned (well, most of it) user-interface, getting rid of cluttered environment and moving ahead the minimalist route. There is no left-bar any more, and much of the statistical jargon has also been removed, making it simple and easy to use. SSS has also moved to the upper left side. When you launch the application, it automatically asks you to scan your system for installed programs, and when the scan process completes, both the outdated and up-to-date programs are listed under Programs that need updating and Up-to-date programs sections, respectively.
Updating a program is also a breeze; simply click its icon or name, and PSI will either start to update it or take you to the developers’ website. Apart from manual update, another new feature that caught our attention is the automatic pushing of security updates if an application supports it. You may also now define ignore rules for certain programs that you simply don’t want to update. All you have to do is right-click the icon, and then select ignore updates to this program to exclude it from the list.
In case you want to check the history of the updated apps, the application’s History section works as a logging time machine for you, enlisting programs that have ever been updated along with Date, From and To versions, as well as Update status.
Calling the new version better is entirely a matter of perspective, but if you love minimalistic applications that only focus on their core functionality, then feel free to try Secunia PSI 3.0. The application works across all versions of Windows.
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