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

Friday, 10 June 2016

Monitor And Block Bad Bots From Your Website

Bots can account for 50% of all web traffic and bad bots can affect your business. 4 different types exist: Hackers, Impersonators, Ad Fraudsters, Scrapers. A FREE DataDome account features bot traffic monitoring, unlimited hits/month, dashboard access and 72 hours of backdata. Paid accounts add blocking features, 1 month of backdata and support options. See: https://datadome.co/

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Which Websites Support Two Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Protect your online accounts by enabling two factor authentication (2FA) so that a hacker would need your mobile phone as well as your username and password. Two Factor Auth (2FA) is a free online list of websites and services that support 2FA. Split into 25 categories and an option to request 2FA where it is not yet available. See: https://twofactorauth.org/

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Password Strength Check

Some passwords that we think may take ages to crack actually take minutes. Quickly check how long it would take for your password will be brute-forced with an average home computer and a botnet. Only to be used for educational purposes, do not enter live passwords. See: https://password.kaspersky.com/

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Manage And Protect Your Identity

Blur is an easy-to-use online privacy system with a FREE account option, features include encrypted passwords, masked emails, tracker blocking and auto-fill. Lets you easily generate a unique strong password for every account. If you don't want to give a website your email address the system lets you give masked emails, and then receive emails privately or block them as spam. The Premium version adds masked credit cards, masked phone and backup and sync features. See: https://www.abine.com/index.html

Monday, 6 June 2016

Privileged Account Discovery for Windows

User accounts with full admin rights are a security risk. Privileged Account Discovery Tool by Thycotic is a FREE utility which discovers your Windows privileged accounts on the network and generates immediate, detailed reports. Passwords are never recorded or exposed, and sensitive information is never stored. See: https://thycotic.com/solutions/free-windows-privileged-account-discovery-tool/

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

20GB Of Free Online Storage Space

pCloud is your personal online storage space for your photos and videos, music or important documents. All your files are available wherever you go, on any device - iOS, Android, Desktop, Web. Access it on your smartphone, your computer using pCloud Drive, or via any browser on my.pCloud.com. Sign up to instantly get 10GB of free online storage space, with up options to earn an additional 10GB. See: www.pcloud.com

Saturday, 28 May 2016

alphr A-List

For over 20 years I have relied on PC Pro magazine's A-List of the best products they have reviewed. The online version pcpro.co.uk is now alphr.com and they recently posted an online version of the A-List, see: http://www.alphr.com/technology/1002673/a-list-the-best-tech-you-can-buy-in-2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Control Whether Windows 7/8 Upgrades to Windows 10

Never 10 is an easy to use FREE utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. Also removes ~6.5GB of installation files that may have automatically downloaded. See: https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

Monday, 23 May 2016

FREE Single Sign-On (SSO) For Office 365

Connect Office365 to your Active Director using the Okta agent, and solve a multitude of login and user administration issues in a matter of minutes. No more password reset fiascos or profile sync challenges. Okta Cloud Connect is free forever for any number of users for one app. See: https://www.okta.com/office365/

Thursday, 19 May 2016

FREE Windows Repair Tool

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair is designed help fix a large majority of known Windows problems left by malware even once removed including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer and Windows Updates. Free for personal use, the Pro version adds features like automatic updates, an enhanced drive cleaner, memory cleaner and speed tweaks. Available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, see: http://www.tweaking.com/