Friday, 18 August 2017

FREE Cyber Security Skills for the Real World

Hacker Highschool (HHS) is collection free lesson books written for a teen audience. Lessons are produced ISECOM and translated into 12 languages. All lessons work with a free "live linux" CD and topics covered include: Being a Hacker, Essential Commands, Beneath the Internet, Playing With Daemons, System Identification, Hacking Malware, Attack Analysis, Forensics, Hacking Email, Web Security and Privacy, Hacking Passwords. See: http://www.hackerhighschool.org/lessons.html

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Top 20 Online Security Blogs to Look Out For in 2017

As online security and data privacy are two of the hottest topics there is in IT at the moment, vpnMentor rounded up the best online security bloggers to look out for in 2017. vpnMentor's reviews are not based on advertising; but real experiences, will full, detailed advice on anything and everything VPN related. This includes easy-to-read guides on hard-to-understand subjects, in 27 languages. See: www.vpnmentor.com/blog/top-20-online-security-blogs/

Friday, 11 August 2017

Monthly Security Update Review

The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), is a program for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities. But for everyone else their blog has an excellent monthly security update review. See: https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog

Friday, 4 August 2017

FREE Bitdefender Security Software

    
Bitdefender now offers over 11 free security tools. Over 7 are for Windows and Mac that can enhance your antivirus, especially if you are relying on the built-in antivirus for Windows or have no Mac antivirus.  While 4 are for Android mobiles. See: www.bitdefender.com/toolbox/

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway!

Microsoft Director of Sales Excellence - Eric Ligman is kicking off his annual FREE MICROSOFT EBOOK GIVEAWAY extravaganza!  This time with over 250 eBooks, including: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!
See: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/....

Thursday, 6 July 2017

12 Zero Cost Cyber Security Steps for Business

Improving cyber security in your business is not just about spending money. These 12 practical steps do not cost anything other than your time, even if you implement only a few of them, it could make all the difference. See: www.booleanlogical.com/security-fundamentals/12-zero-cost-steps

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Check If You Are Vulnerable To EternalBlue

EternalBlue is the name given to the NSA exploit used by the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks. Eternal Blues is a free EternalBlue vulnerability scanner. It helps finding the blind spots in your network, these endpoints that are still vulnerable to EternalBlue. See: http://omerez.com/eternalblues/

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

FREE Security Awareness Training & Tools

KnowBe4 is an integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform, with over 8 FREE tools. These include a phish alert button, phishing security test, email exposure check, domain spoof test, ransomware simulator, USB security test, weak password test and a training preview. See: www.knowbe4.com

Monday, 19 June 2017

Chrome Cleanup Tool

This free application from Google will scan and remove software that may cause problems with Chrome, such as crashes, unusual startup pages or toolbars, unexpected ads you can't get rid of, or otherwise changing your browsing experience. Available for Windows 10/8.1/8/7: https://www.google.com/chrome/cleanup-tool/

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rapid Audit & Inspection Reports

It is not often I post about a paid app, but if any part of your job involves taking photos and creating task reports based on those photos, this is a real time saver. Site Audit Pro lets you quickly generate snagging PDF reports (even without typing) and annotate your photos so everyone is clear about what needs to be done. Available for iOS at £16.99 with all themes and Android for £6.99 + in-app purchases. See: http://www.siteauditpro.com/

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

BgInfo Has Finally Been Updated

An update to BgInfo was released on Windows Sysinternals in February 2017 and is now on v4.21, which correctly reports Windows 10.

For those unfamiliar with BgInfo, it automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. See: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bginfo.aspx

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

FREE Phishing Assessment Tool

Duo Insight is a free phishing assessment tool by Duo Security that allows you to identify your vulnerable users. Choose from a preset, and Duo will send a customised phishing email to a chosen group of your users. Users' credentials will not be collected or exposed to Duo.
After the campaign, Duo will send you a customised report that makes the business case for the security investments that keep your users safe.
See: https://duo.com/resources/duo-insight

Friday, 17 February 2017

Freeze Malware Processes

Rkill is a free utility that lets you freeze any malware processes that may be preventing your security software from removing them. Available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, see: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Create bootable USB drives in Windows

Rufus is a small free utility that helps quickly format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can be especially useful for cases where you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.) for machine that do not have a DVD drive.

Available for Windows XP or later, see: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Free Email Reminder Service

FollowUpThen lets you clear out your inbox by forwarding your emails to yourself to be received at a future date using an email addresses like nextweek@followupthen.com or weekdays5pm@followupthen.com
A free account is limited per month to 50 Followups, 5 recurring Followups and 5 tasks. See: www.followupthen.com

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bitdefender Free Desktop Apps

Bitdefender now offers over 10 free security tools that can enhance your antivirus, especially if you are relying on the built-in antivirus for Windows or have no Mac antivirus. See: http://www.bitdefender.com/toolbox/freeapps/desktop/

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business

Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is a free tool that protects you against ransomware and cryptomalware immediately! Works with most security software – you don’t need to have Kaspersky Lab’s security installed to use this tool!
See: https://go.kaspersky.com/Anti-ransomware-tool.html

Friday, 11 November 2016

OpenDNS Family Shield

OpenDNS Family Shield is FREE service that is applied your home router or computer network settings. Pre-configured to block adult content, together with built-in fraud and phishing protection. There is nothing for you to configure and no sign up is required. See: https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/

Monday, 7 November 2016

LastPass Strong Password Generator


Use the online LastPass Password Generator to instantly create a secure, random password. Password generation is done client-side, on your computer and is never shared with LastPass.

NB - You do not need a LastPass account to use this service.

See: https://lastpass.com/generatepassword.php


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

HTML5 Internet Speed Test

The SourceForge Speed Test is uniquely designed to test your current Internet connection speed for Latency/Ping, Jitter, Download Speed, Upload Speed, Buffer Bloat, and Packet Loss. Also, this HTML5 speed test does not require Flash or Java, and works on all devices including tablets and smartphones. sourceforge.net/speedtest

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The No More Ransom Project

The “No More Ransom” website is an initiative by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cyber security companies – Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security – with the goal to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals. See: https://www.nomoreransom.org/

Monday, 19 September 2016

Free Network, Server & Application Performance Solutions

ManageEngine simplifies IT management with software solutions that are easy to use, easy to deploy, and very easy on your budget, with over 16 free IT solutions and 30 free tools. Typically fully featured, but limited to 10 servers or 25 users. See: www.manageengine.com

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Get The Windows 10 Anniversary Update Today

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the second big update since the launch of Windows 10, but you don't have to wait. Make sure you have at least 5GB of free space using Disk Cleanup and tools like CCleaner before downloading. Once installed, login as an admin and go to Settings – System – App & features – Manage optional features. Uninstall the ‘English (United States) Retail Demo Content’ and ‘Neutral Demo Content’ if it is there. Also have a look at my post on O&O ShutUp10. See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/12387/windows-10-update-history

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Free Code Camp is an open source community that helps you learn to code through their self-paced coding challenges. Once you finish the first 1,200 hours of challenges, you’ll get to build a series of solutions for nonprofits. You’ll work in pairs, under the supervision of a volunteer project manager and a stakeholder. It takes about 2,080 hours to complete the Full Stack Developer certificate, for more info see: https://www.freecodecamp.com

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Run Your Android Mobile Apps On Your Computer

The FREE BlueStacks App Player is an Android Emulator that lets you run your mobile apps on a Windows or Mac computer. Optimized for mouse and keyboards, making messaging apps quicker to use, as well as being able to share files between Windows and Android apps. See: www.bluestacks.com

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Sync Files Between All Your Devices

Syncplicity is a leader in enterprise file sharing and collaboration, but still offers a FREE personal edition with a 10GB allowance to sync files between all your devices. Features include unlimited file size sync, unlimited devices, sync any desktop folder, file sharing and real-time document versioning and backup, all to a choice of public cloud locations (US or EU). See: www.syncplicity.com

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Apple Swift Programming Language

The Apple Swift programming language is now open source as well as free. Swift is a general-purpose programming language built using a modern approach to safety, performance, and software design patterns, suitable for mobile and desktop apps, scaling up to cloud services. See: https://swift.org/

Thursday, 23 June 2016

FREE Webroot SecureWeb™ Browser for iOS

The FREE Webroot SecureWeb app for iOS protects you from malicious web sites and content with real-time anti-phishing protection that enables you to customize your protection level. Features an advanced URL reputation database, improved tabbed browsing and password management.

Requires iOS® 8.0 or later, compatible with iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad®, see: http://www.webroot.com/gb/en/home/products/ios

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Free Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) In Office 365

Protect your Office 365 admin account credentials (and any users) with the free Azure multi-factor authentication option included in your subscription. Second factors include the Azure Authenticator mobile app, SMS or phone call to a pre-assigned mobile, or App passwords for non browser clients (eg Outlook) and device apps that don't support MFA. Users can also trust devices for up to 60 days, for more info, see: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Set-up-multi-factor-authentication-for-Office-365-users-8f0454b2-f51a-4d9c-bcde-2c48e41621c6?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Saturday, 11 June 2016

38 Free eBooks From Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press have published 8 new free titles in 2016, covering SharePoint, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016 and Xamarin, with 38 titles available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy website. eBooks are available in PDF, EPUB and Mobi for Kindle formats. You must sign up as a member of the Microsoft Virtual Academy which is free, before you can download the eBooks. For more info see: https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks#9780735697225