Recent research shows that the typical PC user needs to install a security updateroughly every five days in order to safely use Microsoft Windows and all of the third-party programs that typically run on top of it. In response, a Danish computer security firm says it will soon debut a free new service that silently automates the installationof security updates for dozens of the most commonly used software products. The five-day figure comes from information collected by Secunia, which pored overstatistics from some two million users of its free Personal Software Inspector (PSI) tool, a program designedto alert users about outdated and insecure software running on their machines. Secunia found that the typical Microsoft Windows user has more than 66 programsfrom more than 22 different software vendors on his or her computer.

MIT Technology Review - Brian Krebs March 10, 2010

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