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

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly For Google

Google is putting more emphasis on mobile optimized content in it's search algorithm. To help they've created a quick test: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

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/

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Which iPhone Features Does Your Mobile Provider Support?

If you are thinking of getting an Apple iPhone or already have one and thinking of changing provider, check this list first. Not every mobile phone network provider (wireless carrier) supports all the iPhone features like Visual Voicemail, LTE or Personal Hotspot. To make sure you are not missing out, see: http://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht1937

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Unlimited Photo Storage Free with Amazon Prime

If you have an Amazon Prime account, you now get unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive as part of your subscription.  Backup and view all your photos via the web, a Windows application or iOS or Android apps. See: www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/primephotos/

Friday, 28 November 2014

200GB FREE Cloud Storage For 1 Year

Over Black Friday younited.com by antivirus company F-Secure are offering 200GB of safe, secure storage for free for 1 year worth €54.99. Get all your devices and other clouds younited and have everything in one safe place. See: https://app.younited.com/redeem.html#blackfriday

Friday, 14 November 2014

Print Web Pages Easily

PrintFriendly is a free web service that cleans and formats web pages to make them more suitable for printing. Automatically removes ads, navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink. Available as a browser extension or by copying and pasting a URL at www.printfriendly.com

Thursday, 6 November 2014

FREE Cybersecurity For Dummies eBook

Palo Alto Networks via Netutils, are offering a free 76 page pdf version of the 'Cybersecurity For Dummies' book focusing on APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). This eBook provides an in-depth examination of the cybersecurity landscape and why traditional security solutions fail. See: http://www.netutils.com/landing_palo_dummies.php

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Test Your Browser For The POODLE Vulnerability

Quickly test the SSL/TLS capabilities of your browser and whether you are vulnerable to the
POODLE vulnerability.
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html
For information on how to protect your browser see:
https://scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol/

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Log On To MS Exchange Mailboxes & SharePoint Sites Automatically

CodeTwo Autologon is a FREE Windows utility that automatically fills in user's credentials every time they access a given SharePoint site or Exchange mailbox. Supports multiple accounts, and works from outside domain profiles. I tested it with links to files in Office365 SharePoint Online and it worked fine.  Requires Internet Explorer and/or Microsoft Outlook.
See: http://www.codetwo.com/freeware/autologon/

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hard Drive Rescue Kit 14 Free Edition

Paragon Software Group have a Free version of their hard drive management tools called Rescue Kit 14 Free Edition. Rescue Kit is a complete collection of powerful rescue wizards that will help you to rescue your system and your data. For personal use only, see http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-free/download.html

Monday, 29 September 2014

Microsoft RichCopy

Just because something was written in 2009 doesn't mean it's not still useful. Microsoft RichCopy is a free utility designed to help people who copy huge number of files between storage devices directly or indirectly over the network. Features a large array of options for comparing the source and destination. See: http://blogs.technet.com/b/ken/archive/2009/.....

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Check Your Internet Speed From Any Device

SpeedOf.Me is an HTML5 internet speed test. No Flash or Java needed! It is the smartest and most accurate online bandwidth test. It works well on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 and other mobile devices, as well as desktop computers. See: http://speedof.me/

Monday, 8 September 2014

Scan Your Computers For Potential Security Risks

Patch Tuesday is a free PC audit service by Qualys that finds missing updates and patches for Microsoft Windows, Oracle Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. Patch Tuesday is powered by Qualys FreeScan, a free security tool that may be used to perform up to ten (10) unique security scans of business networks, computers and applications. See: https://www.qualys.com/forms/freescan/patch-tuesday/

Friday, 5 September 2014

Create Bootable Linux USB Drives

The Universal USB Installer is a FREE Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a wide selection of Linux Distribution iso files to create bootable USB Flash Drives. I recently used this to recover files from a Windows 8 PC that would not boot up or self repair. Requires Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8, see: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

Friday, 22 August 2014

Find The Best Mobile Network Signal

A weak mobile signal results in missed calls and decreased battery life as your phone boosts power to compensate. OpenSignal's multi-purpose dashboard shows you at a glance the quality of your data and voice connection and the location of nearby cell towers. A signal compass tells you which direction to walk in if you're experiencing problems or where your nearest free WiFi is. Additional features include speed tests and usage stats. Available for FREE on iPhone & Android, see: http://opensignal.com/

Monday, 18 August 2014

10 Steps To Cyber Security

NEXOR Quaestor is a free iPad / iPhone app designed to quickly and easily take you through the “10 Steps to Cyber Security”, assessing where your business cyber strengths and weaknesses lie. See: http://www.nexor.com/Quaestor

Monday, 11 August 2014

100GB Of FREE Online Cloud Storage

100GB of FREE cloud storage. Differences from the premium plan include a 5GB limit (10MB file size) for 'special files' which are files that you can neither print nor play, including executable files, database dumps and zip files. Available with SurDoc Auto-Backup for Windows and Max OSX, SurDoc App for Android. See: https://www.surdoc.com/

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cryptolocker Victims Can Recover Files For FREE

Security firms FireEye and Fox-IT have partnered to provide free keys designed to unlock systems infected by the CryptoLocker ransomware virus. All you need to do is upload an encrypted CryptoLocker file with an email address and download the recovery program. You will then be emailed a master decryption key to recover your files. Please note, may not work with all variants of CryptoLocker. See: https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com/