Learn about the vulnerability scanner feature of McAfee 12.8. In one of latest builds of Shaw Secure powered by McAfee (12.8), a new feature was added called the vulnerability scanner. This feature manages your computer's updates so that you no longer have to wait to be notified for when a program update is available, as these updates will automatically be found and offered by Shaw Secure.
This article will provide insight into:
- How the Vulnerability Scanner works
- How to use the Vulnerability Scanner
- Examples of PC updates covered by the Vulnerability Scanner
|In computer security, a vulnerability is a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system's security level. Vulnerability is an extremely common method for an attacker to easily distribute a virus. Once detected by the software developer, vulnerabilities are closed (fixed) through software updates. Keeping the installed software on your system up to date is important for the security of your computer and data.|
To use the Vulnerability Scanner, open Shaw Secure powered by McAfee program on your desktop. If you do not yet have Shaw Secure you can learn more about installing it here: Installing McAfee Internet Security
Options for Custom Scans and Scheduled Scans are available. Custom Scans allow you to have the Vulnerability Scanner to skip checks for pending Windows Updates. Scheduled vulnerability scans are enabled by default for once a week, where the user can customize when this scheduled Vulnerability Scan occurs.
When the scan is complete the software will give the opportunity to install the available updates that have been found. Updates will be marked as either Critical or Recommended. Users can select to install all updates or only recommended updates. When installing the updates, customers may be prompted by each software update to complete the installation.
Vulnerability Scanner: Available Updates
Here are some examples of the types of updates that can happen on your Windows PC. The vulnerability scanner can automatically detect these updates and can install them for you.