Vulnerability Scanner Module Overview
The main section for the Vulnerability Scanner provides you with access to the module’s main functions through the More Actions (...) button.
Scan: clicking on this button will start a general sweep of the computer looking for security issues in the installed application and Windows operating system.
Reports: Takes you to the Messaging Center > Vulnerabilities > Reports section, from which you can open the list of available updates and patches for the problems discovered during a previous scan activity.
Settings: opens a new section, where you can turn the Vulnerabilty Scanner on and off and set up a scanning schedule.
Introducing the Vulnerability Scanner
By updating the operating system and other programs on a regular basis, you can prevent third parties from gaining access to your computer and information through any security loopholes present in Windows and other applications.
However, making sure each and every application is up-to-date can prove a tedious and lengthy task and this is where BullGuard’s Vulnerability Scanner module comes into play. It is an application assessment tool that checks both Windows and other installed applications and add-ons for possible vulnerabilities. It also provides a comprehensive list with available updates and patches fixing the security issues found during the scan.
Why the need for a Vulnerability Scanner?
Threats against user security are numerous and several methods are employed - varying from viral infections to identity theft. Such methods are particularly successful when targeting people with seriously outdated software and operating systems on their computers. While rare, such attacks are often very destructive and the end result is usually:
- Windows and installed applications start malfunctioning and the entire system stability is threatened.
- Users with outdated software become a threat to any networks they are connected to because infections originating from their computer can spread within the network.
- Serious malware infections may steal important private information (login credentials, e-mail address books or instant messaging contacts).
- Attackers gain access to computers and can disrupt any on-going activity (in some cases, attackers have been able to password protect user documents).
The bottom line is that keeping both Windows and other installed programs up-to-date will greatly reduce such risk by increasing the overall system security.