Tuesday, 12 March 2019

How To Create Windows Install Discs

Microsoft's Windows media creation tool lets you create free Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 installation discs / media.  All you need is a valid licence key, a blank USB flash drive or DVD with at least 5 GB of available drive space and to visit:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/15088/windows-10-create-installation-media

Friday, 1 March 2019

FREE Guide to Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Turn It On: The Ultimate Guide to Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a free resource with the goal of bringing awareness to the benefits of 2FA. This site provides an explanation of 2FA and how it protects online accounts from compromise as well as a directory of step-by-step tutorials on enabling the security feature on 100s of top websites. See: https://www.turnon2fa.com

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Global Cyber Alliance Cybersecurity Toolkit

The GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit is an online resource that includes a wealth of free and effective tools businesses can start using right now, today, to make an immediate impact on reducing cyber risk.

Use the Toolkit to assess your security posture, implement free tools, find practical tips, and use free resources and guides to improve your company’s cybersecurity readiness and response. Currently the six toolboxes cover:
  • Know What You Have
  • Update Your Defenses
  • Beyond Simple Passwords
  • Prevent Phishing and Viruses
  • Defend Against Ransomware
  • Protect Your Brand
For more info see: https://gcatoolkit.org

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

FREE Cybersecurity Knowledge Base

MITRE ATT&CK™ is a globally-accessible knowledge base of adversary tactics and techniques based on real-world observations. The ATT&CK knowledge base is used as a foundation for the development of specific threat models and methodologies in the private sector, in government, and in the cybersecurity product and service community. ATT&CK is open and available to any person or organization for use at no charge. See: https://attack.mitre.org/

Friday, 8 February 2019

FREE Email Threat Scan For Office 365

Barracuda Email Threat Scanner is a free online service that scans all your Office 365 emails and identifies these dormant threats without any impact on your system’s performance.

Use it to find spear phishing, account takeover, business email compromise and impersonation. Prevent domain fraud by identifying domains that are at risk of spoofing and other fraud. Identify high-risk employees who are most likely to be targeted by spear phishing. Detect email threats that already exist with within your email environment. See: https://www.barracuda.com/email_scan

Friday, 1 February 2019

FREE Impartial and Insightful Articles on Governance, Risk and Compliance

Launched in 2018, the GRC Hub writes everyday about key governance, risk, compliance, internal audit, cyber security, third party management and business continuity issues.
The GRC Hub was created as a space for interested readers to turn for reliable, impartial (they don’t work in partnership with vendors) and insightful articles on these issues. See: www.igrc.eu

Monday, 28 January 2019

85% OFF Heimdal Thor Premium Home Antivirus

Heimdal Thor Premium Home (Vigilance and Foresight) Antivirus: 5-Yr Subscription (for up to 10 PCs) only $99.95 (normally $699.95)

Named Antimalware Solution of the Year at the 2018 Computing Security Awards. Heimdal Thor Premium combines two elite cybersecurity products, Vigilance Home and Foresight Home, to provide the most comprehensive anti-virus and threat prevention suite on the market. Easy to install, supremely lightweight, and capable of stopping even the most sophisticated malware, ransomware, and online scams.

Available for  Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7. See: http://bit.ly/Heimdal-Premium-Home-5Yrs

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Know Your Data Protection Rights And Liabilities

The new digital world is regulated by the GDPR in the EU with less known several other regulations, like the ePrivacy, the PECR, Convention 108, the NIS, the eCommerce Directive, IP laws, etc. Datarainbow is a free resource site by Tara Taubman-Bassirian, LLM, a French Lawyer based in the UK, which aims to help individuals and organisations to know their rights and liabilities. See: http://datarainbow.eu/

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

FREE Copy Of The CISSP Study Guide

Netwrix are offering a free copy of The CISSP Study Guide, by Brian Svidergol, which  provides a solid foundation for anyone preparing to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. It contains materials to prepare you for all eight domains of the CISSP exam.

In the 93 page guide, you’ll find:
• An overview of the exam’s structure
• The key things you need to know in each domain
• Sample tests for each domain, with thorough explanations of the answers
• 27 additional resources to check out

See: https://try.netwrix.com/cissp_exam_study_guide_emea_n

Monday, 21 January 2019

FREE Managing Online Risks Training

The Hiscox CyberClear Academy is an online interactive suite of cyber security training modules included as part of their Cyber and data insurance policies. Hiscox are offering the first module of the CyberClear Academy 'Managing Online Risks' which covers phishing and social engineering, for free. The training is useful for both individuals and employees of small businesses. For more info, see: www.hiscox.co.uk/business-insurance/cyber-and-data-insurance/real-world-hack

Thursday, 10 January 2019

FREE Microsoft Office 365 Management

O365 Manager Plus is an extensive Microsoft Office 365 tool used for reporting, managing, monitoring, auditing, and creating alerts for critical activities. With its user-friendly interface, you can easily manage Exchange Online, Azure Active Directory, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, and other Office 365 services all from one place.

Provides over 700 preconfigured reports together with built-in audit reports to track every event happening in your Office 365 environment to take preemptive actions. Completely free for Office 365 accounts with up to 25 users, and never expires, see: https://www.manageengine.co.uk/office365-management-reporting

Monday, 17 December 2018

FREE UK IT Recycling & Data Destruction

UK wide IT recycling with no hidden costs. A free of charge collection requires a minimum of 10 working PCs, laptops and flat screen monitors. Each collection includes a report with serial numbers and asset tags, together with data destruction certificates. See: https://www.innovent-recycling.co.uk/ or email joe@innovent-recycling.co.uk

Friday, 14 December 2018

FREE Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software

HubSpot CRM is everything you need to organize, track, and nurture your leads and customers. Features include Gmail & Outlook integration, email scheduling, team email, live chat, tasks, ticketing, reporting dashboard and more. With unlimited users and up to 1 million contacts and companies, for free, forever. See: https://www.hubspot.com/products/crm

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Free Resources for CIOs and Leading Technologists

The CIO WaterCooler is free, open and supportive social network for CIOs and leading technologists from around the world to come together, share their news and views and discuss the challenges facing the industry. They have updated their entire research library and made it freely available, where you’ll find the latest research from leading European analyst firm Bloor Research, along with their own benchmarking surveys and more, all ungated.

This is just one of the many free resources on offer to the community, either online or via the CIO WaterCooler lite app, now available for iOS or Android. See: https://ciowatercooler.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Edit, Send & Sign PDFs Online For FREE

DocHub streamlines document signing, distribution and form completion. Features an online PDF editor to annotate documents, whiteout text, append pages, merge files, add fields and more. Create PDF forms and templates, as well as instantly eSign any document. Integrates with Gmail, Google Drive and Dropbox, with 256-bit SSL encryption. A FREE account is limited to 2000 docs and 5 signed docs per month. See: https://dochub.com/

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Add Safe Mode to Windows 10 Boot Options

Quite why Microsoft made it so difficult to get into Safe Mode in Windows 10 is beyond me, but you can actually make it a boot option in just a few steps.

Step 1
Open a Command Prompt with Administrator Rights by typing into the search bar CMD, then right clicking on the now highlighted Command Prompt to select 'Run as administrator'
Next in the Command Prompt window enter: bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode"
If it works you will see 'The entry was successfully copied to .............'

Step 2
Type msconfig into the search bar and select System Configuration
Click on the Boot tab
Click on the new entry Windows 10 Safe Mode to select it
Under Boot options, tick Safe boot
Under Boot options, select Minimal
Set the Timeout to 3 seconds
Next, tick Make all boot settings permanent


Step 3
Restart your machine and press F2 or whatever the boot options prompt is to boot into Safe Mode.

Repeat the whole process to add extra boot options by changing the text you first enter into the Command Prompt that is in speech marks to "Safe Mode with Networking" and selecting Network in Boot options.

Lastly a big thank you to IT PRO for bringing this to my attention in the article:
https://www.itpro.co.uk/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them

Friday, 23 November 2018

CyberTalks - Cyber Experts Sharing Their Knowledge

CyberTalks is a unique platform producing cyber content direct from leading cyber industry figures. Started in 2016, the community is now more than 6000 strong. Join up for free to enjoy their on-demand talks, interviews and articles. See: https://cybertalks.co.uk/

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Has your email been hacked?

Anonymously check for free if your email has been compromised in a hack or data leak and shared publicly from over 12.4 billion addresses and 172,687 leaks. Results are only shown after you click a verification link back to the email you provide and your email is only stored  during the verification process. See: https://hacked-emails.com/

Monday, 29 October 2018

FREE Threat Exchange Network

Blueliv’s Threat Exchange Network is a collaborative community designed to improve everyone’s ability to fight against cyber threat. Features include cyber threat map where you can check your IP adresses to see if you are infected and the ability to analyze suspicious files using Blueliv's automated sandbox. Sign up for free at: https://community.blueliv.com

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

FREE Task & Project Management Software

Cirkus is a cloud based task and project management solution built to reflect and adapt to the way teams actually work together. A FREE account allows up to 20 team members, 3GB file storage per user, custom templates and fields, groups and roles, task and project filters. Available via Web, Android, iOS, and macOS apps, in English, Spanish and German. See: http://bit.ly/Cirkus-free

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Secure Email and File Sharing From Any Email Account

StayPrivate takes the hassle out of encrypting emails and sharing files securely in a GDPR-compliant manner. Send AES-256 encrypted emails and attachments direct from any email account. Smart links plus PIN security give contacts convenient, secure access. Clients receive email notifications directly into their current email inbox. No download, set up or sign up required.

Free forever for 1 user, with 1GB Storage Included in UK-based Servers. See: https://stayprivate.com

Monday, 17 September 2018

A Practical Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses


Cybercrime is a massive 21st century problem and small businesses face a huge hurdle to effectively protect themselves and their customers, compared to larger firms. Budgets are tight and not fully understanding the risks means that gaps can easily be left. This practical guide acts like a pocket cyber security consultant, helping you build a layered cyber security strategy using a mixture of free and paid for services. Just because you are a small business, it doesn’t mean you need to be a victim of cybercrime.

To get a taste for the book, check out these blog posts:
▪ Is cybersecurity awareness training worth the bother?
▪ A Realistic View of Passwords
▪ Don’t Forget The Basics
▪ Why I Won’t Phish My Own Staff
▪ Battling Software Update Fatigue
▪ No Budget To Speak Of For Cybersecurity
▪ 14 Free Security Steps for SMBs
▪ Fighting Back Against Cybercrime

Available as a paperback and eBook on Amazon, see: https://www.boolean.co.uk/cybersecurity-books/

Friday, 14 September 2018

Apple iPhone UK Comparison - Sept 2018

If you are thinking about getting a new iPhone in the UK, every iPhone from the 8 onward costs you £0.78 per GB of additional storage over the base model. The iPhone 7 costs £1.04 per GB. There is no sweet spot, see the most up to date chart at: http://bit.ly/iPhone-UK-Comparison


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Make Gmail Smarter For FREE

Gmelius add a ton of features into your Gmail or G Suite email like CRM, send later, smart snooze, email tracking, shared templates, Kanban boards, email notes, and more. A free account includes unlimited smart smart snooze and email tracking (read notifications), as well as detection and blocking of email trackers and quick unsubscribe from newsletters. For more info, see: https://gmelius.com/

Thursday, 6 September 2018

FREE Windows Server Auditing Tools

Free auditing tools from Netwrix can save you a lot of time and make your network more efficient. Audit Active Directory and file servers, troubleshoot account lockouts and password expirations, and more — all for free and network tools will never expire. See: https://www.netwrix.com/top_7_freeware_tools.html

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Microsoft Teams FREE Messaging and Meeting Solution

Microsoft Teams is a complete cloud-based chat and online meetings solution. Host audio, video, and web conferences, and chat with anyone inside or outside your organization. Features includes unlimited messages and search, with guest access. Free version is limited to 300 maximum users and includes 2 GB of file storage per user and 10 GB of shared storage. For more info, see: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/free

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

FREE Mobile Device Management for Apple Devices

Jamf Now, is a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution for the iPad, iPhone and Mac devices in your workplace. Manage your first three devices for free. Add more starting at just $2/device/month. See: https://www.jamf.com/products/jamf-now/

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Fight Back Against Phishing

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through email, to steal your personal information. Join the fight against phishing! Submit suspected phishes, track the status of your submissions and verify other users' submissions. PhishTank is a free service operated by Cisco OpenDNS, see: http://www.phishtank.com

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Read This Before Buying Apple Hardware Products

Apple hardware is expensive, so the last thing you want is 2 months after making your purchase, a new improved model is released. The MacRumors Buyer's Guide offers free advice on which products to buy or avoid, when the item in question was released and whether it is about to be superseded. See: https://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Troubleshooting Information for Windows Logs Event IDs

Troubleshooting Windows event logs is no easy task. To help the Event ID database contains troubleshooting information for 11,584 Windows event IDs and 638 event sources, with 19,226 comments provided by 4,016 contributors. See: http://www.eventid.net/