IT Pro Tuesday #251
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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!
First off this week, you’re invited to take part in a 5-min survey on the effects of stricter government requirements on the business use of technology and data. Help us understand how organizations around the world are dealing with compliance requirements, and you'll be entered for a chance to win Bose Audio Glasses worth $249!
The latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast: "The Modern Take on Social Engineering in Email," explores the world of social engineering, phishing and spam campaigns. Guest expert, Umut Alemdar, shares insights into the latest techniques used by threat actors to trick users into divulging sensitive information through email. Learn why these attacks are so effective and how to stay ahead.
We're also looking for your favorite tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.
As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.
A Free Tool
Git Extensions is a more-intuitive way to manage your Git repositories in Windows. Its standalone interface serves as an effective, CLI-free means to control Git. Preferred by namtab00, because "SourceTree hides and shortcuts too much git functionality."
A Training Resource
FOA Guide is the official Fiber Optic Association's online guide to fiber optics, fiber broadband and premises cabling. You'll find a large library of materials covering everything to do with fiber optics and premises cabling, from basic topics all the way to advanced. Also features links to "Fiber U," an educational site full of free self-study programs and courses on the use of fiber in communication systems. Our thanks for this one go to framejunkie.
All Infosec News gathers all the latest news, blogs, podcasts and other pertinent information on cybersecurity, infosec, cryptography, privacy and threats to create an ever-current overview for IT pros. netsysllc appreciates it for keeping up with the latest vulnerabilities and security threats.
Another Free Tool
FreeScout is an open-source, self-hosted version of HelpScout that offers complete privacy and control through a PHP/MySQL application that's easy to deploy. This powerful-yet-lightweight help desk and shared inbox can serve as a nice free alternative to Zendesk/HelpScout for providing efficient customer support. troubleshootmertr recommends it "for ticketing."
BTNHD YouTube Channel is loaded with how-tos on almost every subject related to Microsoft, VMware and Apple. You’ll also find info on other interesting tech topics, smartphones updates, product reviews and details on configuration and installation of enterprise software. Kindly suggested by Asleep-Stomach2931.
P.S. Bonus Free Tools
Starship is a small, fast command prompt that works for any shell. Allows you to configure everything down to the smallest detail to cater to your specific needs and sensibilities, allowing you to make it as minimal or feature-rich as you want. A productivity-enhancing favorite of Zumochi.
Boxstarter automates the installation of software to create repeatable, scripted Windows environments. Builds on Chocolatey to create an optimized way to install a complete environment on a fresh OS install. RjBass3 uses it "to install a plethora of basic apps and software like Adobe Reader, various browsers, dotnet etc.. And the ability to keep them updated, so I'm not always getting calls about 'is this notification for an update safe?'… saves so much time and effort."
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.