PCWorld’s GlassWire review

Although this product is in beta, it’s first appearance appears to be very promising.  Read PCWorld’s review of Glasswire, an application that can keep an eye on your computer network to see what traffic your devices are receiving and sending.  Read more at PCWorld.

Screenshots from a local VM network

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Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

If you have several computers on your network and would like to see the computers on your network, Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to speed this process up.  NetBIOS allows computers to be seen by name on your network.  Enabling NetBIOS allows your computer to find other computers in your network (Network or Network Places).

To enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, hit ENTER).
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.

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Setting up WINS

AMD vs Intel Quad Core Shootout

Want to optimize your computer? See our checklist!

See our review of Windows 8 and see how you can run 90% of your programs, virtualize other operating systems, use your network and more.

Now Tweak your wireless!!

Scan your network with SoftPerfect’s Network Scanner

What Wireless Connector do I have?

Many people wonder what connection they have when extending a wireless antenna.  We have used Fab-Corp for years and they have a good site on explaining and showing the different connectors if you want to add an antenna.  Link

See who’s on your wireless network – SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

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.

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Set a scan interval that meets your needs.Settings 

WiFi Guard keeps a history of devices that connect to your network.History

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

Network Access Protection

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.

Information on NAP from TechNet

Microsoft’s Deployment Guide

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Windows 7 VPN Setup

A Virtual Private Network is used to encrypt data from one computer to another.  If you need to setup a VPN in Microsoft Windows 7, create a user and shared folder on the host computer.  Once this is done, follow these steps-

On the Hosting Computer

1. Go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.

2. Click on Change adapter settings

3. Press Alt+F and select New Incoming connection…

4. Put a check mark by the user who will have access to this computer or configure a new account by clicking on Add someone… Click Next.

5. Put a check mark on Through the Internet. Click Next.

6. Select the protocols for this connection. Click Allow access.

USE IPV4

7. Make note of the Computer name as this will be used by the client to connect to this computer. Click Close.

8. An Incoming Connections icon will be in Network Connections. Your computer is now ready to accept incoming VPN connections.

On the Computer Dialing In

Open up network and sharing center from the Control Panel, and choose Set up a new connection or network.

Use My Internet Connection (VPN)

Type in the IP Address of the Hosting Computer – Click Next (leave the user information blank to be safe)

You will now have a small icon on your network icon (by the time) that will show the connection.  Clicking on this icon allows you to enter your username and password to connect.