Essential Safety Measures: Secunia: Freeware: How to Check Updates

March 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

My last post was about a defragmentation facility.  The reason that’s so important is simply access time.  In some ways, then, it’s a secondary concern; it basically, for instance, has nothing to do with a computer’s or network’s security.  In it, I said something about nothing being hacker-proof.

The most common hacker exploits right now are based on unpatched software.  People don’t like to update their programs.  It takes time.  It can even take concentration (you should actually read the warnings before clicking through them, for instance–more on that in a moment).  Secunia can help keep programs up to date.  It is absolutely not perfect.  Keep in mind too that the ancient program you love and understand (not that I would have hung onto, oh, say Paint Shop Pro Version 5 for ten years or so; not me [blush]) is an invitation to outsiders to hack it.

Secunia is a first step because it will notify you of dangers you have.  At times it will at least be exasperating.  Most users to date have not taken care of all the problems it’s notified them of.  [Dangling participles and all.]  That’s a bad idea.  If you have to, delete the bloody program (but make sure not to clean out your recycle bin, because if absolutely necessary you can restart in Safe Mode and put it back where it was) and do a restart–it can be the only solution in some cases like Java.  Doing an immediate restart is determining whether or not, for instance, there are some *.dll’s in the folder that something else uses.

*My little note.  I was cheerfully installing something or other, half paying attention to what I was clicking on, and saw a message decidedly out of the ordinary.  While I still ended up having the ZLob Trojan installed, I knew it and was able to take appropriate steps–among them aborting an installation procedure that would have undoubtedly been the more disastrous the longer it took.  Don’t just “click through” on the messages.  Read the TOS, don’t toss them–read the Terms of Service rather than assuming you’ll accept them.  More than one piece of adware has come out where the person installing it has agreed to do it.  After you’ve read a few, those with odd stipulations will tend to stick out.  You’ll even end up (for instance) not installing the Yahoo! toolbar ten thousand times.

–Glenn

Entry filed under: current news, freeware, how to, internet security.

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