Secunia, a European firm specializing in IT security, announced today the release of the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 2.0. PSI, which is free for home use, is a user friendly security tool which helps homeowners identify and resolve security problems on their Windows PC.

Digital Home has written about this great program in the past and recommends it to all of our readers. PSI does not replace the need for an anti-virus program or firewall on your Windows computer rather its recommended because it adds an extra layer of protection.

Once PSI is installed, the programs patch scanning technology identifies insecure 3rd-party programs and plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Skype and Firefox, then downloads the required patches from vendors and installs them in order to remove any vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are typically what hackers use to get around your anti-virus program or Windows firewall.

The company says that if a security update exists for a program on your computer, Secunia's new Auto Update feature can automatically install the patch thereby dramatically reducing the likelihood of your computer being compromised by a known security vulnerability.

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Secunia says the final release of its V2.0 software follows a successful Beta test of over 90,000 users, which revealed highly interesting findings that the company says supports the need for auto-updating. During the Beta test, the software automatically installed critical security updates to approximately 37% of Adobe Flash Player users, 47% of Sun Java users and 24% of Adobe Reader users.

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