Computer current?July 25, 2007 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Computers, Online services | 6 Comments
Keeping the software on your computer up to date with the latest security patches can be a real pain. Especially when there is so many sites to check.
Heres a site that inspects your most critical applications for security updates. Its a free browser based Java application. http://secunia.com/software_inspector/
The results will highlight applications that need updates to keep you secure with links to get the updates.
This may not seem very important but nowadays, web sites can infect your computer simply by going to them. A surprising number of things are used by web sites, including Java, Quicktime, Real, Flash, Acrobat, and so forth.
Heres a few things that might surprise you:
1) Java – even though you may have updated it, Java does not uninstall the previous insecure versions, leaving you open to threats. Go to Control Panel, Add Remove programs and Remove all versions of Java up to the current version. (unless you have a specific reason for needing an old version, such as an out of date application) As each version is an additional ~100 MB, this can open up some disc space. Make sure your latest version is the current one.
2) Flash – even though you may have updated it, it too leaves older versions behind. Macromedia (now part of Adobe) does not see fit to remove or offer uninstallers for older versions. They claim only the current version is registered, so its the only one to worry about (it should be version 9). The other ones Secunia finds, you can ignore as theres nothing easy to do about it. Its not currently a threat.
3) old programs – You may have installed a few programs on your computer to try them out, then didn’t use them. As a result, they have not been updated and thus leave a hole. Uninstall them, as with Java above. Or if you think you may still use them, update them. Try its Help menu for an Update Now option.