A Danish security vendor is offering a free tool designed to inform users when their applications need patching.
Secunia APS has made the beta version of its Personal Software Inspector available for download.
A client program, Personal Software Inspector periodically checks to see if new updates have been issued for some 4,200 applications. Once it is installed on a user's PC, it inventories the computer's software and versions and classifies programs as "insecure," "end-of-life" or "up-to-date." When a patch is issued for a program on a user's computer, Personal Software Inspector displays a pop-up window in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, said Thomas Kristensen, Secunia's chief technology officer. Another panel provides a download link for the patch.