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Windows 7: Third-party apps: Bad news for security

20 Jan 2011   #1
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Third-party apps: Bad news for security

Some interesting stuff here regarding security threat by the people at Secunia

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Third-party apps: Bad news for security
by CSO, Salted Hash IT security news analysis, over easy!
Tue, 2011-01-18 13:48
Topic(s): Data Protection


My IDG news service colleague Jeremy Kirk has an interesting article on some new Secunia research regarding third-party apps.


Here are some of the more interesting parts:


The number of vulnerabilities in software commonly found on PCs shot up by an astounding 71 percent between 2009 and 2010, mostly due to problems in third-party applications rather than in the Windows OS or Microsoft apps, said Stefan Frei, research analyst director for Secunia. The company released its annual vulnerability report on Tuesday.

"When we dig deeper we find the main contributor is not vulnerabilities in Microsoft products but vulnerabilities in third-party products," Frei said. "Traditionally we still perceive Microsoft programs and the Microsoft operating system to be the main culprit, the main threat. However, this has changed.



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21 Jan 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, this is something to really be concerned with. It's the primary reason that I keep my installed software base to "only" what I need. Anything that I want to take a quick look at or experiment with ends up on a virtual machine.
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21 Jan 2011   #3
anta

windows 7 enterprise 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Yes, this is something to really be concerned with. It's the primary reason that I keep my installed software base to "only" what I need. Anything that I want to take a quick look at or experiment with ends up on a virtual machine.
that's a great piece of advice pparks and what's great with the professional, enterprise and ultimate versions of Win7 now there's no excuse not to look into virtualisation what with the advent of Windows XP Compatibility mode!!
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24 Jan 2011   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Keeping a number of system images should keep you out of trouble. Plus downloading only "useful" applications from a reputable site.
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28 Jan 2011   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Secunia PSI software (free) can scan your box and will alert you to many 3rd party apps and whether your version has been updated. Makes keeping your box up to date a bit easier.
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28 Jan 2011   #6
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

+1 pparks1

I've used Secunia for some time now and I find it's one good program to have for keeping your software up to date
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