Keeping your software up to date is important for security and usability reasons. Out of date software has many exploits that can be used by hackers to steal your information. Updates also contain new features that you could be missing out on.
Some software has automatic updates, but not all of them. In fact, some software doesn’t even notify you about updates. So how do you stay in the know? You need a software updater program. These programs scan your computer for out of date software and tells you if you need to update.
SUMo, the Software Update Monitor, is one of many software update programs. When you run the program for the first time, it will scan your computer for applications. Then, it will check each program for updates. I was surprised at how many out of date apps I had.
But, I soon found out that all those out of date apps were not entirely true. I have many old applications and it wanted to update them to the latest version, which I don’t own. Luckily, you can choose to skip updates on any application you choose.
If you have applications that automatically update, you can save lots of time by adding them to the ignore list. Then the program won’t be scanned for updates. If you know that you don’t need an app in the list, you can permanently remove it. This won’t uninstall the program, but it won’t be part of SUMo anymore.
There are three different statuses that a program can come out to be. One is OK, meaning the program is up to date as it should be. The next is Minor, meaning the update isn’t critical, but it may add some more features. The last is Major, meaning the program is seriously out of date and is missing security patches.
If a program is detected as out of date, you can click on Get Update and it will take you to the official site to download it. I was hoping that it would download the update automatically so I wouldn’t have to do anything, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to use, intuitive
- Three status levels
- Large database of software
- Ignore programs that auto update
- Skip updates you don’t need
- Doesn’t download updates automatically
- Doesn’t work well with old software
If you are using software that doesn’t automatically update, a software updater is always recommended.
- Quality: Tin
- Rating: 7/10
- Recommended: Yes