Watch Out for Your Security Weak Link — Third Party Software

Microsoft has been until fire for years regarding security issues with their software. In the last five years they’ve made tremendous strides so that it can be argued that Microsoft software is most likely the most secure software in production today. They stay on top of security issues and regularly enable updates through their worldwide Microsoft Update site, so that the core OS and Microsoft products are regularly updated.

So, given how secure Microsoft software is these days, where is the weak link in the security chain? You guess it — it’s the third party software you run on your Windows machines. Not all third party software vendors are as in touch with security issues as Microsoft, and you might not even think about security problems with your third party software. Are there new versions you need to install to fix security problem? Maybe.

But how do you find out? One tool that’s useful in this regard is the Secunia Software Inspector. There are two versions — a free version for personal use and a commercial version you can use in the organization. I recommend that you take a look at the personal version and if you like what you see, consider testing out the business edition.

Download the free Secunia Personal edition at:

https://psi.secunia.com/

HTH,

Tom

Thomas W Shinder, M.D.
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