IT Pro Tuesday #27

SSL Testing, Active Directory Book, Free Tools & More

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Hello IT Pro,

Last week we launched the EveryCloud Journal, a monthly update on everything EveryCloud. The goal is to keep you informed on what’s happening with our free / paid products & services and the company behind them. It’s broken down into six areas:

  • Our Paid Email Security Products
  • Our Free IT Pro Platform
  • Support / Customer Success
  • Sales
  • Others (items we can’t crowbar into the other categories)
  • Channel Updates (Partner Edition Only)

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Here are the most interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops and phones this week. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should be your first stop if you suspect a malware infection. It is the most-effective malware remover — featuring deep scans and daily updates — and blocks malware, hackers, viruses, ransomware and malicious websites that slip through your traditional antivirus. It’s also available as a full AV program you can buy if you wish.

A Book

Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches is a practical, hands-on guide for those who are new to Active Directory. It covers the administration tasks that keep a network running smoothly as well as how to administer AD both from the GUI tools built into Windows and from PowerShell at the command line. Provides best practices for managing user access, setting group policies, automating backups, and more. All examples are based in Windows Server 2012.

A Free Service

Testssl.sh is a free command-line tool that checks a server’s service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols, recent cryptographic flaws and more. Recommended by stuck_in_the_tubes who likes it “for when you need to assess protocol encryption without the use of external services.”

Another Free Tool

Termius is a complete command-line solution providing portable server management for UNIX and Linux systems — whether a local machine, a remote service, Docker Container, VM, Raspberry Pi, or AWS instance (similar to Putty for Android). This cross-platform Telnet, Mosh-compatible and SSH client allows you to securely access Linux or IoT devices to quickly fix issues from your laptop or phone. Thanks for this one go to blendelabor.

Yet Another Free Tool

WSUS Offline Update lets you safely patch any computer running Microsoft Windows and Office — even when there’s no connection to the Internet or a network of any sort. More specifically, you first run WSUS Offline Update on a machine that has Internet connectivity to download the updates you need and copy the resulting update media to a USB drive. You then use the USB drive to run the update on the target computers. Recommended by mikedopp.

Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments.

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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