Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Nik Collection by Google is now Free

The Nik Collection desktop suite which previously sold for $150, is now free. Comprised of desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images. Plug-ins available for Adobe Photoshop®, Lightroom®, or Aperture®. See: https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Fix Outlook and Office 365 Problems

Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 works by running tests to figure out what's wrong. It can automatically diagnose and fix many problems for you, or it can tell you how to fix them yourself. I recently used it to fix a sync issue with Outlook 2016. See: http://diagnostics.office.com/

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

FREE Online Cyber Security Classes

Cybrary currently offers 27 FREE full-length online cyber security classes, with no time limits. Topics include ethical hacking, forensics, malware analysis, social engineering and more. The company also has an open source model, meaning that students can submit content for the rest of the community to use. See: www.cybrary.it

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10

Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a small free portable utility for making over 200 tweaks to your Windows settings. While you may be able to access all these via the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, this makes things easier by offering all useful tweaks from its single UI. See: www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-4-windows-10

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool

The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 2.1 provides a quick and easy way to analyze Microsoft Office programs for known configurations that cause problems. For any problems that are listed, there is a link (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) about each problem so that you can read about possible fixes.Supports Windows Vista, 7, 8 & 10 with Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016. See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2812744

Thursday, 3 March 2016

FREE Team Communications

Ryver is a new free team communication platform that integrates chat with posts, allowing you to “promote” a chat to a more formal post. Every member can create teams and invite users with no additional costs. Available for Windows, OSX, Linux, Android & iOS, see: www.ryver.com

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Cloud-enable Your Existing File Shares

Enterprise File Sync and Share without moving your data or changing your IT infrastructure. DatAnywhere is deployed behind your firewall, allowing you to access and work on data from anywhere, on pretty much any device, without using the cloud. 100% free forever for up to 5 users. See: http://www.varonis.com/products/datanywhere/

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Check Suspicious Files For Viruses

Metascan® Online is a free online file scanning service powered by OPSWAT’s Metascan technology, a multiple engine malware scanning solution. Check files up to 140MB with 43 anti-malware engines. Additional features include inputing a MD5/SHA1/SHA256 checksum to see if the hash has been compromised and scaning an IP address to determine if it has been compromised. See: https://www.metascan-online.com (also available as a Google Chrome extension)

Thursday, 11 February 2016

FREE Team Communication Portal

The Slack messaging system is free to use for as long as you want and with an unlimited number of people. A free account lets you search and browse 10K most recent messages, includes 5GB of storage, 10 service integrations (Twitter, Google Docs, Dropbox, GitHub, etc) and multi-team support. Available as free native apps for iOS, Android, Mac & Windows, see: https://slack.com

Monday, 8 February 2016

FREE WiFi Scanner For Windows

NetSurveyor is an 802.11 (WiFi) network discovery tool that gathers information about nearby wireless access points in real time and displays it in useful ways. Available for Windows only as freeware. See: http://nutsaboutnets.com/netsurveyor-wifi-scanner/

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Learn Digital Marketing Skills For FREE

Google's Digital Garage lets you learn the digital marketing skills you need to grow your business, your career or just your confidence. Currently split into 89 lessons covering 23 topics and completely free. See: https://digitalgarage.withgoogle.com

Friday, 8 January 2016

Transfer Music From Your iPod

If you have an old iPod, you may no longer have the computer that held the original iTunes music library, which is a problem if your music was encoded from CDs. If your iPod has the one and only copy of your music, adding new tracks from another computer can end up removing the existing tracks. Copying the music off your iPod isn't easy, as iTunes is not designed for this, but PodTrans is a simple, fast and FREE iPod music transfer utility for PC & Mac. See: http://www.imobie.com/podtrans/download.htm

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Scan Your System for Vulnerable Applications

Heimdal FREE is a security utility that scans your Windows computer every 2 hours for outdated software. The FREE version is limited to a list of 20 common applications with security issues, including Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Adobe Air, Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Microsoft Silverlight, QuickTime, Skype, & Thunderbird. Available for all versions of Windows, see: https://heimdalsecurity.com/en/products/heimdal-free

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:

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: www.horizondatasys.com/en/rollback_rx.ihtml

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