A new tool for checking software security and verifying its compatibility has been launched by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The software checkpoint program, called CheckPoint, is designed to help ensure that your software is safe from malware and spyware.
It’s designed to prevent malware from infecting your software and interfering with other processes.
It’s not an easy job, said the GAO’s Peter DeMarco, who’s co-author of the tool.
“If you’re not paying attention, your software might get infected,” DeMarco told Reuters.
“That’s a real risk.”
DeMarco told The American Press that while software can be susceptible to malware, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the software isn’t safe.
“We’re not saying that it’s the software that is vulnerable, but we’re saying that the code is vulnerable,” he said.
The software checklist tool, designed by DeMarco and a team of engineers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, can be downloaded from the GAOS website.
The software checkpoints a number of different software components and processes, such as your computer’s memory, network connections, file and registry files, email servers, and even your browsers.
The checklist tool is not intended to replace a full antivirus program.
Instead, it’s intended to check for potential issues with software that are already in place and can be patched, according to DeMarco.
DeMarco said the software checklist is designed specifically for people who have no previous experience with software security.
It doesn’t cover people who work with sensitive information, such a bank accounts, or people who may be at risk for personal or financial loss, he said, adding that the tool doesn’t have the same level of security as an antivirus product.
“If someone has been using software and they know they’re vulnerable, they should not install the software,” DeMarcus said.
But he added that if a person is a potential victim of malware or spyware, it might be a good idea to get the software checked.
“It’s really important to do that because if you install it and you know it’s vulnerable, you need to be prepared to take that action,” De Marco said.
CheckPoint, a collaboration between Microsoft, the GAOs Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Homeland Security, will be used in a number to government-owned and contractor-operated software.
It was created as part of a pilot program in the Department’s Software Assurance Directorate to test the software quality and safety of software for federal agencies.
The tool is also designed to identify potential issues when software is being used in ways that could compromise it.
For example, malware can be installed in software that doesn “do the right thing,” for example, if a program is configured to scan a server or monitor the Internet for possible threats.
De Marco said that some software components are used to automate processes that aren’t necessary.
“These are the same programs that are used in your browser or a website that you’re trying to access,” he explained.
“So it’s really easy to see if your software isn’s doing anything that isn’t needed.”
The software checks software for software flaws and vulnerabilities.
The checkpoints are designed to take a “tangible look” at what software components have been used in “malicious behavior” and can also detect potential flaws in the software itself.
For example, CheckPoint’s software check points to the existence of malicious code in the program’s code, but it also looks for possible weaknesses in the security of the code itself.
It can’t find code that’s actually malicious, but does indicate that the program has problems.
DeMarcus said CheckPoint is not meant to replace antivirus software.
“It’s just a tool to make sure that we’re taking the steps that we should be taking to protect our systems,” he added.