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1.91% of all PCs are fully patched!

We have used statistics collected from NEW users of the Secunia PSI 1.0 during the last 7 days. The statistics in this blog is based on data from exactly 20,000 PCs/users.

The data used, is collected from the very first scan a user has conducted, that is, before the user has started securing their system (patching installed programs) with the Secunia PSI 1.0.

Please note. Due to the way data is collected by the Secunia PSI all results presented here are to be considered "best case" scenarios, the real numbers are likely to be worse.

There are two primary reasons as to why this should be considered "best case" data compared to data of all other Internet users:

1) The users of the Secunia PSI are likely to be more vigilant and security minded than all other Internet users.

2) We do not register if a Secunia PSI user has previously used the Secunia PSI/OSI/NSI to patch their PC, then uninstalled the Secunia PSI/OSI/NSI just to install them again (e.g. to get a clean patch history), thus the user would show up as a "first time" user in these statistics.

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Number of insecure programs per PC/user:

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

By "insecure program" it is understood, that there is a newer version of the program available from the vendor that corrects one or more vulnerabilities, but the user have yet to install the secure version. A vulnerability in a program can be exploited by hackers to anything from compromising a PC, to automatically install trojans/viruses, to sniff out private information (passwords, credit cards information, etc.). And remember, your anti-virus will not protect you from the security threats of vulnerabilities in programs!

It is just as important to patch your programs against security threats, as it is to have a personal firewall and anti-virus program running!

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