IT Pro Tuesday #277

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 22:42

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

In the latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast: "The Story of Backup and Recovery in Microsoft 365" we look at the various methods and tools that have been used natively within M365 to help with backup, as well as why these methods frequently fall short. Backup has been a confusing experience over the years, especially with Microsoft’s contradictory “no backup needed” guidance. To add to the confusion, Microsoft has introduced its own M365 backup product. Don’t miss out on this informative discussion as we delve into the complexities of data protection and recovery in M365!

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 Tutorial

How to Add Multiple Clocks on Your Windows 10 PC explains a nice hack that can make it easier to coordinate with teams that span across multiple time zones. This blog post outlines two straightforward methods for adding different clocks to be displayed simultaneously in your tool tips or taskbar. Our thanks for directing us to this cool method go to anonymousITCoward.


A Free Tool

NetBird is a configuration-free, peer-to-peer private network combined with a centralized access control system. Utilizing a WireGuard-based overlay network, it ensures encrypted connections between machines without the need for complex configurations such as port openings, intricate firewall rules, or VPN gateways. Prioritizes security with intuitive management of granular access policies for secure remote access, applicable universally across any infrastructure. petr205 explains, "Their SaaS version is free up to 100 machines and 5 users, but the self-hosted version is exactly the same and has very low requirements."


Another Free Tool

Nebula is a scalable, cross-platform overlay networking tool focused on performance, simplicity, and security. This portable tool is equally adapted for linking a small number of computers or scaling to connect tens of thousands. It integrates encryption, security groups, certificates, and tunneling into a powerful, cohesive connectivity solution. Thanks for the recommendation go to jmeador42.


Yet Another Free Tool

PDF24 provides a suite of user-friendly tools covering virtually every aspect of PDF manipulation. The tools run directly from your web browser, are accessible on any device with an internet connection, and require no software installation. KameNoOtoko raves, "PDF24 is amazing!"


Training Resource

13Cubed offers in-depth coverage of Digital Forensics and Incident Response as well as other information security topics. It's the work of industry veteran and former SANS Institute instructor Richard Davis, whose impressive background spans 28 years in IT, with a focus on cybersecurity. arpan3t explains, "13Cubed is digital forensics, but if you want to know the granular details of how OS works then this scratches that itch."


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

linkding is an intuitive, self-hosted bookmark manager that is easily deployable with Docker. The clean UI features tags, markdown-based notes, "read it later," the ability to share bookmarks, an admin panel for user self-service and raw data access, and more. Supports bulk editing; automatically fetches titles, descriptions, and icons for bookmarked websites; and can archive snapshots on the Wayback Machine. Kindly suggested by joghurt_mit_der_ecke.

Random Password Generator is a simple, web-based tool to generate secure passwords, with customizable options options. Creates and copies strong passwords directly on your device, ensuring privacy as nothing is ever stored on outside servers or transmitted over the internet. SharpEye001 adds, "I tried several alternatives, but none seemed to be as flexible."

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

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