Secunia, provider of IT security solutions that help businesses and private individuals manage and control vulnerability threats, announced Thursday general availability of the new Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0. Currently there are more than five million Secunia PSI users worldwide. As the number of vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs increases, coupled with the sheer number of people accessing the internet, email and downloading programs or plug-ins each day, the launch of Secunia PSI 3.0 arrives at an important time for users – technical as well as non-technical - worldwide.
”We are on a mission to secure PCs worldwide and in our continued efforts to do this we are unveiling a new Secunia PSI that is simple and useful for the non-technical user as well as the very technically minded user, and one that will help private PC users worldwide stay secure against the ever-increasing vulnerability threats,” said Morten R. Stengaard, Director of Product Management and Quality Assurance at Secunia. ”We want the new Secunia PSI 3.0 to be trusted not by just a few million users, but by everyone that has a private PC, and to do that it was absolutely critical that it be re-designed with the broader target group in mind.”
The Secunia PSI 3.0 is a free computer security scanner which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates, or patches. In making the decision to take the responsibility of developing software update packages for all vendors which Secunia supports and then pushing them out automatically to users, the new Secunia PSI 3.0 now gives users a “hands off” approach when it comes to software application security updates, making it easier and far more effective for users to maintain secure software applications and data housed on personal computers. Whether the software vendor provides automatic security updates or not, Secunia PSI 3.0 users will now receive the automatic security patch updates from Secunia as part of the new version.
Since the introduction of the first Secunia PSI in 2007, the free computer security scanner has evolved to support and provide the security status with unprecedented accuracy for more than 3,000 vendors, including Microsoft and third-party programs, the largest of any security scanner on the market.
The new version of the Secunia PSI 3.0 has been designed to serve and be useful to users at all levels, something that the company has spent extensive time doing throughout multiple beta versions. Additionally, in making security more manageable for the private user, and in an effort to drive rapid global expansion and implementation of Secunia PSI, the application now includes localisation to support five languages including French, Spanish, German, Danish and English.
“The Secunia PSI 3.0 final release is the result of valuable and significant input from multiple beta releases and the active involvement and input from the Secunia community, for which we are extremely thankful,” said Stengaard. ”Since the introduction of the first beta version in February, our development team has worked hard on adding additional functionality, keeping a high focus on simplicity and usability with the objective of providing a user experience that is truly second-to-none. We have come a long way and are confident that the new Secunia PSI will be incredibly effective for helping users around the world stay secure with an accuracy that only Secunia can deliver.”
Secunia has focused on balancing the need and usage preferences of users of various levels. For example, the simple dashboard interface upon start up provides a check mark indicator when the user’s computer is up to date. For the less technical user, they need to go no further, knowing their PC is secure. However, a full list of all programs has been added to the full release to allow the more technically minded user to access additional information such as history reports or to set up individual application preferences for auto updates.
Secunia PSI 3.0 features simplified user interface displays the key information that users need to know: scan results, the security status of installed software, and when these programs are up-to-date. With the Secunia PSI 3.0, users receive automatic updates for all software supported by the application. Previously Secunia only provided automatic updates for vendors that made automatic updates available. The Secunia PSI 3.0 can be installed in any one of five languages including French, Spanish, German, Danish and English.
Users also have the ability to ignore updates to a particular program by creating ignore rules. This can, for example, be relevant if a user has an application that depends on an older version of another program or plug-in. Users may reverse this selection at any time. Users also have the ability to view the file location and version number of an installed program. Reports about the updates installed and scans conducted can be accessed at any time through the history feature. A new share link allows users to post a link on Facebook or Twitter feeds, making it easy for friends to try out the Secunia PSI 3.0. The settings menu allows users to select whether or not to install updates automatically, and which drives are to be scanned.
The Secunia PSI 3.0 can be downloaded from Secunia’s website.