Jan 11, 2012

What's the best way to monitor PCs to ensure software is up to date?

Is there a good way to monitor my laptop to make sure that I haven't left myself vulnerable to malware by neglecting to update/patch installed software?


Secunia Personal Software Inspector checks everything and tells you is there is a patch or update available.  Autoupdate is great for your software like browsers or your OS that do so, but this will also help you keep the rest of your software up to date as well.  There are other choices for Software Update Monitors, such as Software Update Monitor Lite (SUMo), and Update Checker from FileHippo. I prefer Secunia PSI, it has won a few awards from ZDNet and PC World, and it available as a free download.

Have you considered just setting up your laptop to automatically update itself? That's probably your best bet rather than worrying about monitoring it. Just use your system controls to turn on automatic updating and then you won't have to worry so much. Same goes if you are using anti-virus or anti-malware software. Set it to regularly update itself.

Let the software do the work for you. So you can spend your time doing other things.
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