Almost every Windows PC contains at least one insecure program

December 3rd, 2008

Sobering stats from Secunia. Out of a random sampling of 20,000 systems, a whopping 98.09% have one or more insecure program installed.

The total number of PCs/users included in these numbers are 20,000, out of these 98.09% have 1 or more insecure programs installed on their PC, hence: 98 out of 100 PCs that are connected to the Internet have insecure programs installed!

It gets worse - nearly half of all Windows systems have eleven or more insecure programs installed.

Here's the data:

  • 0 Insecure Programs: 1.91% of PCs
  • 1-5 Insecure Programs: 30.27% of PCs
  • 6-10 Insecure Programs: 25.07% of PCs
  • 11+ Insecure Programs: 45.76% of PCs

This data is a subset of the data collected by Secunia's own PSI (Personal Software Inspector) scanner software.

So, what do you do? Well, here's an idea:

  • Download Secunia PSI.
  • Install it.
  • Run it!
  • Now act on any vulnerabilities it finds (PSI makes downloading updates a snap - you just have to click on the download link).
  • Now run it regularly and patch anything that you might have missed!

Do it now!

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