Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!
As usual, we’re looking for cool tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply with your latest finds, so we can help others benefit from your experience.
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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
CrystalDiskInfo is an HDD/SSD utility for reading and monitoring disk status. Provides detailed information on the disk, gives you a snapshot of the health of your drive and detects and prevents disk errors. gbarnick describes it as "one of the most dependable SMART utility tools I've used and easily portable."
PING is a relatively new, bi-weekly foray into the technical side of the Internet. Conversations include various experts who helped build the web or are helping make it function better. Each episode runs between 30-40 minutes. Kindly suggested by eli5questions, who explains, "This is right up there is 'The Hedge.' Lots of history and discussions on current state of protocols."
Another Free Tool
WakeMeOnLan allows you to remotely turn on computers by sending a wake-on-LAN packet. Once you've allowed the utility to scan your network to collect the MAC addresses of all the machines, you can remotely trigger any computer with one click. Also works from the command line. SimonGn adds, "Wakemeonlan is essential."
Yet Another Free Tool
Invidious is an open-source, multiligual alternative front-end for YouTube that can protect your users from Google's spying and ads. Allows users to subscribe and create playlists without a YouTube account and also offers a developer API. A shout out to gromhelmu for directing us to this one.
Find All Inbox Rules that Forward Emails Externally in Office 365 using PowerShell provides a simple way to identify the existing Outlook forwards that are directed outside your organization, so you can help proactively prevent any leak of sensitive data this might create. Thanks to the author, Embry, who explains the script will also allow you to "block or remove external forwarding configuration."
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
One-Time Secret is a simple way to send sensitive information that you want to ensure can only be viewed by a single person—like a self-destructing message in ‘Mission Impossible.’ Booshminnie suggests it for occasions when you need "a good one-time-only link with a variable link life time."
Nix is a unique package management and system configuration tool that builds packages in isolation from each other in order to ensure they'll work on any machine. This approach eliminates the possibility of undeclared dependencies and guarantees reproducibility, regardless of the programming languages and tools involved. Also ensures that installing or upgrading one package cannot break others. Our appreciation for this recommendation goes to janstenpickle.
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.