IT Pro Tuesday #128

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Hello IT Pro,

Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

To start off, we've got a brand-new phishing technique trends report available here from the Security Lab.

And this week, we’re looking for your favorite tools 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

ueli is a keystroke launcher for Windows and MacOS that searches for applications on your computer. You can specify which folders to search and which file extension should be used to recognize an application. Kindly suggested by JustAnotherITUser.

A Tutorial

Packetbomb Wireshark Minicourse is designed to help you make the most of Wireshark. digitaltransmutation appreciates it for honing the skills in "practical wiresharking that will get you from 'I think there is a networking issue' to 'Here is the specific network / application / device issue.' I picked up on this after watching a guy break up a 3-way vendor "not me" catfight that had been going on for months because he was able to explain exactly what was going wrong in a way that left no room for doubt. He made me realize that I was not nearly as good a troubleshooter as I thought I was!"

Another Free Tool

CotEditor is an open-source plain-text editor built for MacOS. The GUI looks and acts like a Mac-native app, and its rapid launch feature gets you working immediately. PhotographyPhil likes it as a Notepad++ equivalent for MacOS.

And Another Free Tool

TestSSLServer is a command-line tool for contacting an SSL/TLS server to get information on its configuration. Works through your internal network, so you can test servers before they are accessible from the internet. Gathers supported protocol versions and cipher suites; supported certificate(s) used; key type, size, and hash function used in the signature; type and size of ephemeral Diffie-Hellman parameters (or elliptic curve for ECDHE cipher suites) and offers support of Deflate compression. Ljugtomten explains, "If you are confined to Windows, this tool is great. Can also check handshakes on custom ports, not only HTTPS. If you have openssl available, you can perform the same with "openssl s_client -connect server:port"

Still Another Free Tool

MicroSIP is a portable, open-source SIP softphone for Windows OS. It enables you to make high-quality VoIP calls (person-to-person or on regular telephones) via the open SIP protocol. Allows you to choose any SIP provider and get free person-to-person calls and low-cost international calls. panzerstyle finds it "great for VoIP/SIP testing and a plain ole SIP client."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

PDFsam Basic is an open-source application that lets you split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF files on Windows, Mac and Linux. Provides a simple interface and batch processing tools.

Autopsy is a digital forensics platform and GUI for other digital forensics tools that is relied on by law enforcement, military and corporate examiners when they need to find out what happened on a computer. Can also be used to recover photos from a camera's memory card. Thanks go to JustAnotherITUser for the recommendation.


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

IT Pro title: 
Keystroke Launcher, Wireshark Tutorial, SIP Softphone & More