Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Free Images & Videos You Can Use Anywhere

Pixabay has over 530,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations, free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. See: https://pixabay.com

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Free Commercial Grade Security For The Home

Sophos Home lets you protect every Mac and PC in your home from malicious software, inappropriate websites and viruses. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their business systems. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family from any browser. FREE for private and non-commercial use, letting you protect up to ten computers per account. See: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Free Antispy Tool For Windows 10

O&O ShutUp10 is a free portable utility that lets you decide the level that Windows 10 should respect your privacy by helping you choose which functions should be deactivated. See: http://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Online Exif (Image Data) Viewer

Jeffrey Friedl's Image Metadata Viewer is a FREE online utility that will display the metadata that is stored in a wide range of files. Use can check a file on the web via a URL address or select a file on your local disk drive. See: http://regex.info/exif.cgi

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Quickly Validate Your Website or Blog Links

This free online Checker / Validator not just tells you which of your hyperlinks are dead but it will also show to your where exactly those stale references locate in your HTML code! See: http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/

Monday, 14 December 2015

FREE Reverse Image Search

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. See: https://www.tineye.com/

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Online Collaboration for your Projects

I've been using the online service Basecamp.com to run small projects with users in different locations or companies for nearly 10 years. It's FREE for a single project or $29/month to manage unlimited projects and users with 10GB of storage.

Friday, 4 December 2015

FREE Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free provides essential exploit protection for browsers. Wraps four layers of security around popular browsers, preventing exploits from compromising vulnerable code. It's not antivirus, but compatible with most antivirus. Shields Java and browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.

Premium version adds shields for PDF readers, Microsoft Office, LibreOffice and OpenOffice, as well a wide variety of media players.
See: https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Quickly Make Your Writing Bold And Clear

The Hemingway online editor is like a spellchecker, but for style. It makes sure that your reader will focus on your message, not your prose. Guiding you to tidy up your text, remove adverbs and use shorter alternative words. Available from free via the website or as a $9.99 Windows or Mac app. See: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

FREE Disposable Email Addresses

Discard.email is a FREE service for creating disposable email addresses for when you don't want to use your own private e-mail address. No registration, noncommittal and anonymous. See: http://discard.email/en/

Friday, 18 September 2015

Free Cloud Backup for Windows Desktop

Get fast and simple backup to your choice of cloud storage provider and avoid cloud vendor lock-in for your Windows computers. CloudBerry Backup compresses and encrypts data before securely transferring it to the cloud on schedule or in real time. Works with over 20 supported cloud storage destinations. See: http://www.cloudberrylab.com/cloud-backup-windows-desktop.aspx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Free Team Collaboration

Samepage keeps your business teams (employees, consultants, customers, partners, vendors) working smoothly and efficiently. Combine files, photos, cloud content, maps, videos and team conversation together on one page. Sign up for a free unlimited users account, limited to 100 pages and 2GB storage, see: www.samepage.io

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Extended Message Traces In Office365

Troubleshooting Office365 email issues with Microsoft Technical Support normally involves sending them the results from an extended message trace which includes events and routing details in the report. As these traces can take a while, it is a good idea to generate them as soon as you raise a support ticket, but it is not obvious how to do them. For step-by-step instructions see:
http://www.booleanlogical.com/security-fundamentals/office365-extended-message-trace

Friday, 21 August 2015

Convert Anything To Anything

CloudConvert is a cloud based file conversion service that supports more than 200 different audio, video, document, eBook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats. The service is browser based so there's no software to install. A free account gives you 25 conversion minutes per day for files up to 1GB in size. Integrates with dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box, also available as a Chrome plugin and iOS app. See: https://cloudconvert.com/

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Fix PDF Thumbnail Preview In Windows 7 & 8

For number of years now I have been relying on a small free utility to fix the automatic PDF thumbnail preview when it stops working in 64bit versions of Windows 7, 8 & 8.1. If your PDF icons show the generic icon image rather than a miniature preview thumbnail, download and run this automatic installer and your thumbnails will display again. See: http://www.pretentiousname.com/adobe_pdf_x64_fix/index.html

Monday, 10 August 2015

FREE Daily Trending Threat Insights

Sign up for the Free Cyber Daily to get trending threat insights emails.  Covering Cyber News, Targeted Industries, Hackers, Exploited Vulnerabilities and Vulnerabilities. See: http://go.recordedfuture.com/cyber-daily

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

FREE Windows System Restore Utility

RollBack Home Edition is a FREE instant time machine for your windows workstation. It is a comprehensive Windows System Restore solution that lets users easily restore their PC's to any previous state within seconds. RollBack Home Edition helps users better manage and lockdown Windows based PC's. Any unforeseen incidents such as user errors, viruses or even botched software installations can be instantly reversed in seconds! See: http://horizondatasys.com/rollback-rx-time-machine/rollback-rx-home/

Also, get 25% off RollBack Rx Pro

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Easy Prototyping For Web And Mobile

InVision is a prototyping, collaboration & workflow online platform, featuring real-time design presentation & collaboration, version control and sync. Easily add hotspots to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes complete with gestures, transitions, and animations.A single project plan is completely free for life, see: http://www.invisionapp.com/

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

These days, it doesn't take long to fill up even the largest of hard drives, but help is at hand. TreeSize is a small fast free utility that gets added to the right click context menu to quickly scan Windows directory sizes and lets you see where precious disk space has gone. Available as freeware, personal & professional editions. See: http://www.jam-software.de/treesize_free/

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

FREE Sat Nav App

Nokia's Sat Nav app Here Maps comes pre-installed on Windows Mobiles, but is now available for free on Android and Apple iOS devices. Features include:
- Voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation.
- Downloadable offline maps for more than a 100 countries.
- Real-time traffic for more than 40 countries.
- Public transit maps, directions and info for more than 900 cities
- 3 route planner options: driving, public transit and walking

See: www.here.comApple App StoreGoogle Play or Windows Phone Store

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

FREE Alternative Windows Registry Editor

The O&O RegEditor is a portable app that makes working with the registration database significantly easier compared to the built-in Microsoft Regedit. Features include preset favorites to locate frequently needed keys, XML importing & exporting. copy complete branches and improved search.

The O&O RegEditor one of the components of O&O BlueCon, administration toolbox for system repair and data recovery. Download for free at: http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/ooregeditor

Friday, 22 May 2015

View & Share Any CAD Design File Online

View 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files in your browser, with no downloads or plug-ins needed.  Works with over 50 file formats including DWG™, DWF™, RVT and IPT, as well as formats from SolidWorks, ProE, Catia and others. See: https://360.autodesk.com/viewer

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Find Any HTML Symbol Code For Your Website

HTML Arrows is a great website that lets you quickly find all the html symbol codes you could ever need (or remember). For ease the website is split into 7 categories, Arrows, Currency, Letters, Math, Numbers, Punctuation & Symbols. See: http://htmlarrows.com/

Friday, 24 April 2015

Troubleshoot Microsoft Email Issues

Help solve Microsoft email and Lync issues by using the Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer website. Features troubleshooting tests for Office 365, Exchange, Lync Server, a message header analyzer and client downloads of the Analyzer Tools. See: https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/

Thursday, 23 April 2015

F-Secure Router Checker

Protect yourself from rogue DNS servers. Router Checker makes it easy to check your Internet set-up to make sure your traffic is connecting to a safe server. See: https://campaigns.f-secure.com/router-checker/

Monday, 6 April 2015

PDF search engine for eBooks & manuals

PDFTop is a free dedicated PDF search engine for PDF ebooks, manuals, catalogs, sheets, forms and product documentation. Features an online viewer for ebooks in pdf, ppt, xls, rtf, txt and doc file format, with over 12 million files indexed andcounting. See: http://www.pdftop.com/

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Learn To Build Websites

JS Bin is a free website for learning and experimenting with web languages, in particular HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It is ultimately a code sharing site, so everything you do is public. As you type into one of the editor "panels", you and anyone watching your bin will see the output being generated in real-time in the output panel. A Pro version cost £60 a year for private bins, Dropbox backup and custom URLs. See: http://jsbin.com

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015

How To Create Windows 8.1 Install Discs

Microsoft's Free Windows media creation tool lets you create free Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro installation discs in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.  All you need is a valid licence key and to visit:
windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Host FREE Websites on Microsoft Azure

The Microsoft Azure FREE website tier allows you to host up to 10 unique websites with a combined total of 1GB of disk space and a maximum daily bandwidth of 165MB a day. Supports a wide variety of content management systems including Apache, Drupal, HTML5, Joomla, Magento, Node JS, PHP / MySQL, Umbraco, Wordpress and many more.  Great for testing and learning.
See: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/websites/

Monday, 9 March 2015

Apple MacBook Pro Comparison Chart

The new Apple MacBook Pro Retina laptops are brilliant, in the same way that a Mercedes car is, compared to a Ford. The range is tweaked and improved slightly every year, so use this regularly updated comparison chart to compare the whole Apple laptop range to help you decide: MacBook Pro Comparison (updated March 2015)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Corona SDK is now FREE

The Corona SDK is a 2D development platform with built-in physics, for building apps and games. It has over 1000 API libraries where most of the complicated programming has been done for you. If you are looking to get into games development, this is a good place to start. It used to cost $588 a year for the Pro version, but is now FREE. There are still small business and enterprise versions which are chargeable. Supports iOS,  Android, Kindle & Windows Phone 8, see: http://coronalabs.com/

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Teach Yourself To Code

Teach Yourself To Code is a great place to start learning to program, full of free coding courses covering Rails, iOS, Backbone, Node.js, Python, JavaScript, Ruby and HTML/CSS. Login is via code-sharing site GitHub (you can sign up for free). See: http://teachyourselftocode.com/

Monday, 16 February 2015

Recordit FREE Screencasts

Record and share screencasts up to 5mins long. Easy to use, just define your recording area and click record. Finished file is automatically uploaded to recordit.co with a unique link. Available for free for Windows & Mac OSX, see: http://recordit.co/

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Google Earth Pro is now FREE

Google Earth Pro which has more features than Google Earth and lets you save satellite imagery at up to 4800 x 3192 pixel resolution is now free. Previously it was an annual subscription for $399 per year (I know this as I have an invoice for £264+VAT). It also allows you to use the imagery for marketing purposes. Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro. Download Earth Pro from http://earth.google.com/download-earth-pro.html then sign in using your email address and the License Key GEPFREE.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

GRC's Interactive Brute Force Password “Search Space” Calculator

This free online interactive brute force search space calculator allows you to experiment with password length and composition to develop an accurate and quantified sense for the safety of using passwords that can only be found through an exhaustive search. See: https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Information Security Guidance

Securezoo offers free guidance on information security for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and security professionals. Covers typical policies you would need, standards and guidelines. See: www.securezoo.com/