IT Pro Tuesday #111

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Hello IT Pro,

Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we’re looking for your favorite tips to share with the community. Please let us know those that help you do things more easily so you get better at your job!

As always, we’re updating the full, searchable list on our website here. Enjoy.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most-interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops and phones this week. Hornetsecurity has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

Ciphey is an automated deciphering/decoding tool that uses a deep neural network and simple filtering to figure out what type of encoding was used. Input the encoded text, get deciphered text back. Recommended by bbno3.


matplotlib Cheatsheets offers five great Python resources including two time-saving cheatsheets and handouts for beginners and intermediate users plus some fantastic tips and tricks. A shout out to Nicolas-Rougier for this one!

A Tutorial

Bash Scripting Tutorial was created to provide a solid foundation for how to write Bash scripts that can automate complex, repetitive tasks. Doesn't promise to make you a bash guru but should be enough to get you on your way. Kindly suggested by ASIC_SP.

A Blog

Powershell Modules by MadBoyEvo is a blog that will point you toward over 40 Powershell modules that were written in the past 2 years. Categories addressed include: Active Directory functions, Word create/read, PDF create/split/merge, HTML create with no HTML/CSS/js knowledge, HTML parsing, RSS, SIEM, Event Logs, Microsoft Teams, Discord, Lansweeper and more. Some of these work on Linux and macOS as well as Windows.

Another Free Tool

Shorewall is high-level tool that helps with configuring Netfilter. You first enter your firewall/Gateway requirements in a set of configuration files. Then in combination with iptables, iptables-restore, ip and tc utilities; Shorewall configures Netfilter and the Linux networking subsystem. Can be used on a dedicated firewall system, a multi-function gateway/router/server or on a standalone GNU/Linux system.


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

MariaDB Server is an open-source database server that turns data into structured information in a wide array of applications. Fast, scalable and robust, it offers a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins and tools as well as GIS and JSON features.

PropertySystemView is a handy tool for viewing/modifying file properties from a GUI and the command-line. Also allows you to set properties of Windows. Thanks go to Ashwin for the suggestion.


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

IT Pro title: 
Scripting Tutorial, matplotlib Cheatsheets, Powershell Modules & More