One of the most effective ways for you to protect yourself while
using the Internet is to make sure your personal equipment is up to
date. Fortunately, making sure your personal equipment isn’t
vulnerable to hackers isn’t hard to do– there are
freely available tools that can take care of it for you.
Vulnerability checking involves proactively identifying security
vulnerabilities in a system to determine if and where a system can
be exploited and/or threatened. All software, including both the
operating system and any installed applications, has the capacity
for being vulnerable to a number of attacks such as cross-site
scripting, SQL injection or command execution. In order to prevent
exploitation, the Information Security Office recommends utilizing
tools to automatically look for these vulnerabilities and patch
Secunia’s PSI product is recommended for scanning and
patching personally owned machines. Find more information on Secunia PSI including
an application to download.