Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

My two personal favorite Wi-Fi Inspectors are NetSurveyor and inSSIDer. Another great application is Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector which is a powerful tool for managing and troubleshooting the Wi-Fi on a Windows XP, Vista, or 7laptop. Built in tests enable you to characterize the integrity and performance of your Wi-Fi connection. Applications include:

  • Searching for Wi-Fi networks
  • Managing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi connections
  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
  • Locating Wi-Fi devices
  • Detecting rogue APs

Don’t forget about Vistumbler which offers GPS information.

Updates and HotFixes you may miss in Windows

Microsoft Windows has a great update feature built in.  You may not know it but Microsoft also releases HotFixes and other items that are needed for security, networking, features and other functionality.

How do you find Hotfixes and other items that may need to be downloaded?   You can use a third party utility such as WHDownloader.  (Download here)

WHDownloader is easy to use and brings in both Microsoft Office Products and the latest Windows OS.

Download

Updated List

 

The dangers of using outdated software


 Outdated software contains security flaws which cybercriminals can use as avenues to infiltrate the corporate network.

The dangers of using outdated software.

Protecting your network by pen testing it

This post is for educational purposes and any use of these tools against a network without explicit permission could be illegal.   Metasploit is designed to identify weaknesses in networks and hardware/software on a network.  Do NOT use metasploit for other reasons.

Want to protect your network and the computers in your network?  You can get updates for your operating systems (Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows or whatever) along with updates for third party programs yet you can still be unsecure.    When updating these products, you also have to remember firmware and updates for wireless devices, access points, bridges, firewalls, routers, switches, SCADA devices, robots, mobile devices, printers and any device on your network.

Metasploit

http://www.metasploit.com/download/

Metasploit Community is free and allows for a free scan of your network or server. Although limited (Try Pro for details and Brute Force), Metasploit Community is a first step in finding open services and ports on your operating system, hardware devices such as routers and other devices.   The trick to installing Metasploit is to disable your antivirus or make exceptions to what your antivirus finds.   You should truly install the software inside of a VM (Virtual Machine) so that your computer remains protected.

You can use Metasploit to protect your network by ‘seeing’ what a hacker or malicious person would see.  Truly for network professionals and auditors, this software can help you identify services, ports and weaknesses in your network.

There are several versions of Metasploit – Community, Pro, Express and Framework (Compare Editions)

Metasploit     Metasploit Two

Metasploit Scan Complete     metasploit Hosts

Metasploit Services After Scan

The above scan was in a controlled lab.  Malicious scanning of networks may be illegal.  Read  Penetration Basics on Metasploit’s website.

Tutorials (Videos)

SVCHost Viewer – Find out what program is using it!

Anyone who has hit Ctrl-Alt-Del understands they may have several svchost.exe ‘s running.  What are they?  They relate to networking and some programs use svchost in groups.  This tiny download (14 kb) shows exactly what this file is doing.

Link to Download.

svchostviewer

Move Programs from your C drive

Many times I have met people who have almost filled their C drive with a ton of programs.  I personally prefer purchasing a new hard drive and cloning it to gain space.  However, it often gets risky or you don’t have time to do this.  Have you ever cleaned your hard drive and wanted more space?   One of the things that takes so much space is your programs.   By default programs go to the program files folder and often take a lot of room after you install several programs.

One thing you can do is simply put in a second drive and copy the programs over.  Well, it doesn’t work exactly like that.  Steam Mover allows you to move programs off of your main drive and load them on a secondary drive.  Putting in a second drive for storage is easy.  Pretty much you open your computer (when off of course).  Insert the drive.  Plug in the SATA cable (making sure the controller is on in the BIOS).  Boot into Windows.  Right Click my computer, go to Manage.  Click on Disk Management and activate and format the new drive.  Now Steam Mover seems to work with all programs I tried it on.    The <2 mb file can be downloaded here. After downloading, select the programs you want to move and they will move to the D: drive (or whatever drive you have).   This now frees up space on your drive and your computer will speed up.  Be sure to defrag afterward.

This is a great alternate solution for freeing space.  While there is no guarantee by the author of the program, it is a solution that is long overdue. (Windows 7 and Vista Only)