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McAfee Security Scan Plus – Advice That You May Not Want

Recently, I wrote about Secunia’s Online Software Inspector. It scanned my netbook and found several programs that it believed were out of date. As you probably know, out of date programs can give hackers an easy way to gain access to a PC. One of the programs I needed to update was Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I went to the Adobe site to get the latest updated version and while there, I saw an offer for a free copy of McAfee’s Security Scan Plus. I had never heard of it before, and my curiosity would not let me pass it up.

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The McAfee product installed right after Adobe finished. A few days later, I finally got around to trying it out. Here’s the first thing you will see upon launching it. It’s a simple welcome screen, nothing more.

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Next, you’ll see that you must update this product in order to use it.

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The update didn’t take long and they provided an interesting animation while I waited.

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Next it started scanning my PC. I was anxious to see the results at this point.

Online Security Scan in Less Than Two Minutes

A little over a year ago, we wrote about Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector (PSI). It’s a freeware application that you can download and install in Windows. It’s purpose is to scan all of the installed programs on your PC and tell you which ones need to be updated.

Keeping your programs updated is important for your security. Recently, Google and several other companies were hacked by the Chinese using security holes in older software. Your PC probably has many of the same security holes.

There are several programs that can help to keep your Windows PC safe by scanning for those out of date programs. However, many of you might like to try out a free online scanner from Secunia. Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI) runs inside of your web browser so that you won’t have to install anything. It loads a small Java applet to do it’s work. Most PCs already have Java installed, so nothing additional should be needed.

OSI offers two scan modes. The default scan is fast, and according to the site, it scans in 5 to 40 seconds. My first scan took over a minute though. A check box on the page will allow a “thorough system inspection” that can take up to 10 minutes or more.

I’ve tried out both scans, and in the quick scan, OSI found 3 programs that I needed to update. In the more thorough scan, it detected 8 programs after running for 9 minutes. Take a look at what it found.

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I’ll be spending a portion of the rest of the day getting these programs updated. After all, I don’t feel like making my PC a good target for Chinese hackers.

Try out the free Secunia OSI Scan

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Secunia OSI offers you a free, quick and easy way to test your PC for out of date software. It’s main advantage is that there’s no need to install software in most cases. If you feel your PC might be at risk, you might also want to try the full version of Secunia PSI, which is also free.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

10 Great Free Screensavers in One Package with SE-ScreenSavers

Can you ever have too many cool and mind bending screensavers?

The problem isn’t having too many, it’s finding good free screensavers that don’t carry a payload of spyware or trojans. When you do a web search for free screensavers, you’d better be very sure to find a trustworthy site to get them from.

Today I’m recommending a good freebie that’s called SE-ScreenSavers. It’s actually over 10 different screensavers all bundled together in one file (SE-ScreenSavers.scr). Below you can see some screen shots I have taken.

Slideshow

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Amoebas – there are six variations of this theme in the settings

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Matrix – four variations

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Kaleidoscope – I like this one the best

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Flip Clock – old fashioned digital clock

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Trees – simple but fun to watch as the trees grow

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Clock & Calendar – this is my favorite at work – looks very professional

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Fractals – a weird trip

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Snowfall – just what it says

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Digital Clock – the same

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Download SE-ScreenSavers

http://www.se-soft.com/ScreenSavers.aspx (Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/Win7)

Be sure to check out our other free screensavers.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This is an great collection of free screensavers all packed into one master screensaver. The only drawback is that most of these do not work well unless you have a good graphics card. Otherwise, I’d have given this app a very high rating.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Partition Manager Free Download Only for 3 More Hours

Giveaway of the Day is giving away the much popular Partition Manager 10.0 Personal software from Paragon completely for free for about 3 more hours. The original software costs $39.95 and just for today, it is being given away for free, thanks to LifeHacker’s post.

Partition Manager 10.0 Personal has full support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista (including the 64-bit versions) and support for the latest Linux kernel and GPT-formatted hard disks used in Windows 7, Vista, Mac OSX and some Linux distros.

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With advanced features such as restoration of data from bare metal state, restoring partitions with resizes and a PowerShield technology that lets you resume partitioning and other services even after a power failure, this is a software built for those who will be working under precarious conditions.
The site itself tells you of the number of places where your data can be backed up:

Back up data and system to an archive, a local drive, an external USB/Firewire drive, CDs, DVDs or network share.

However, do note that this version does not come with free technical support or free updates to higher versions. It is also strictly for non-commercial use.

So what are you waiting for? Download the giveaway within the next three hours and start backing up and segregating your data so that you can experiment with OSs! If you ask me, this is the best way to start loving Linux (keep rotating distros every week!)