Secunia data shows Shockwave, QuickTime, and Java JRE get updated the least by PC users
One of the weakest links is the system of leaving it up to users to manually update their software: it’s just not a given that most will bother doing it. New and unpublished data from Secunia shows just how inconsistently users update -- and how it leaves them and their organizations at risk.
Secunia in May took a random sample of U.S.-based PC users from its Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) scans, and found that third-party apps are the worst-kept software: 66 percent of vulnerabilities came from third-party applications, 18 percent, from Microsoft software, and 16 percent, from operating systems. Some 13.7 percent of users were running unpatched operating systems, the data found: 16 percent of XP users, 13.7 percent of Vista users, and 12.8 percent of Windows 7 users.