Want to see who is on your wireless? SoftPerfect’s WiFi Guard is freeware that scans your network, both wireless and wired and it also inventories connections on your network.
Before setting up WiFi Guard, inventory your computers, printers, routers, TVs and other devices that use your network. Get each devices’ MAC address. Load WiFi Guard and mark each device as trusted. WiFi Guard’s settings allows you to set a scan interval and to put comments on devices that you know. In the event a new device is connected to your network, you’ll be alerted.
Set a scan interval that meets your needs.
WiFi Guard keeps a history of devices that connect to your network.
I discovered GE Geek through Rick at What’s On My PC. GE Geek is a resource like no other. The time and dedication to linking and uploading the thousands of resources at GE Geek is commendable.
The best feature by far is GE Geek’s Toolkit that contains 1.7 gigabytes of tools that every IT pro needs.
“A complete collection of over 300 Portable Freeware Tech Related
programs, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility. There’s
even a program to update all the essential programs automatically,
all contained on a USB/Flash drive for travel.” ~GE Geek
Here’s a short list of the categories -
Apps to Install
Repair Tools 1
Repair Tools 2
Windows Services Defaults
Windows 7 Tools
Windows 7 Troubleshooting
Windows 7 / 8 Shortcuts
Here’s a Snapshot of his Site. You have to visit the site to get an understanding of how this has to be one of the best sites on the web for IT Professionals. Link
Several years ago we introduced you to CloudU. A perfect introduction to how the ‘cloud’ works. CloudU by RackSpace now has a MOOC (Mass Open Online Course) that introduces you to Big Data.
According to Wikipedia, Big Data is a term used to describe a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. Thats a great definition but its only one. This topic is too big to base this learning series on one definition so we asked the brightest minds in academia and the cloud industry the same question, “What is Big Data”? We are confident you will enjoy their insights and take away a broader perspective on big data. Sign up, it’s free (Link)
“After contacting Rackspace so that my students could benefit from the cloud university curriculum as a supplement. I was met with open arms and personally talked with Greg Alfaro, Michael Ferranti and Ben Kepes either by phone or email. Here’s a quote from Ben. - “CloudU is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn about Cloud Computing. As an instructor of information technology, the certificate provides a great learning tool for the planning, deployment and logistics behind cloud computing.” ~ Ben Kepes
SQLCourse has been around for sometime. With Microsoft’s DreamSpark, students can download SQL Server to build databases and to learn how to retrieve data by performing queries (basically asking the database for specific data). SQLCourse gives you step by step instructions on how to run these queries.
Windows 2008 Server has Network Access Protection which is also known as NAP or NPS. This tool serves an administrative purpose to help organizations compare the security level in a computer on the network to the Server 2008′s policies. This comparison helps to determine if the computer is safe enough to join and use the Server. This is another way to help find if the computer’s ‘health’ is adequate as far as policy and the NAP can also analyze both the anti-virus program and if the firewall is installed. In an upcoming series, Windows 2008 Server will be reviewed.
An interview with Kent Lawson, CEO of Private WiFi – Help Net Security
Do you think it is time to think of an alternative to WPA encryption?
Yes, it’s long past time. Unfortunately, many people and businesses are still using WPA and sometimes even WEP encryption. With WPA, you’re vulnerable to sharing your network with strangers, using common passwords that are easy to hack, or switching your WiFi to public…
Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think would benefit from and enjoy them. After all, wouldn’t it be fun if we could surpass the 1,000,000 download mark within just one week again? ~Eric Ligman, Microsoft
Have you ever validated Windows 7 and days later been asked to validate it again? Without any major hardware changes? This might help.
1) Click the Windows Orb 2) Type: CMD into the ‘Search programs and files’ field 3) Right-Click on CMD and select Run as Administrator 4) Type: net stop sppsvc 5) Change into the following directory by typing:
cd\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform 6) Type: rename tokens.dat tokens.bar 7) Type: cd %windir%\system32 8) Type: net start sppsvc 9) Type: slui.exe