Secunia Survey Finds 98% of PCs Have Vulnerable Program
Secunia reports that it surveyed 20,000 users of its security scanning product, Secunia Personal Software Inspector, and found a startling number of Windows PCs running unpatched versions of at least one program. According to the security company, more than 45 percent of surveyed users' computers are running 11 or more insecure applications.A new report from Secunia serves as a reminder for users to patch their systems. According to data gathered from 20,000 users of Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector) 1.0 during the past seven days, roughly 98 percent were running unpatched programs. Roughly 30 percent had one to five insecure programs running on their Windows PCs; 25 percent had six to 10. The rest-about 45 percent-had 11 or more out-of-date programs.
Secunia PSI works by scanning Windows systems for installed applications and checking to see if the most current versions of those applications are installed. If not, the program makes a note and then provides a link to the updated version.