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Check out top 10 free Cyber tools to protect your remote workers

The folks over at Specops Software have compiled a useful top ten free IT tools for organisations trying to best support virtual teams we thought eminently worth sharing

Posted 13 May 2020 by Gary Flood


The folks over at Specops Software have compiled a useful top ten free IT tools for organisations trying to best support virtual teams we thought eminently worth sharing this morning.

They are:

  • TightVNC

This is free desktop sharing software particularly popular amongst business users and IT managers. For IT managers, it allows for the complete monitoring and control of another computer remotely, eliminating the fear of not knowing what an employee is up to

  • Clonezilla

Clonezilla is a free, open-source toolkit designed to clone disks and hard drives, as well as facilitate backup and disaster recovery – perfect for businesses requiring uniform set-ups across their remote workforce

  • Windows Sysinternals

Windows Sysinternals is an easy to use utilities site that helps managers and admins to manage, troubleshoot and diagnose Windows systems and applications

  • Microsoft Account Lockout and Management Tools

Microsoft Account Lockout and Management Tools are a great set of applications for when something goes wrong. It presents a range of tools allowing admins to manage accounts and troubleshoot account lockouts

  • mRemoteNG

A fork of mRemote, mRemoteNG is a nifty open source software that allows for the effortless viewing and monitoring of remote connections across an employer’s workforce

  • BooZet

The great range from BooZet freeware eradicates the fear of losing files ever again. Its four types of freeware allow the user to index contents across a range of disks, backup drivers, view saved 3DMark results easily and clean systems

  • Notepad++

An enhanced version of the original Windows app, Notepad++ is a powerful text editor which includes a multitude of features such as: 27 programming languages, supporting syntax highlighting, synchronised edits and views, and more

  • PuTTY

PuTTY is the perfect open source terminal application for system admins, developers, network engineers and other IT professionals that need to connect to remote systems. It is great for basic technical chores alongside secure file transfers via a range of methods

  • Specops Password Auditor

The Specops Password Auditor is a neat little tool to ensure the security of passwords across a workforce.  Specifically, it allows the admin to scan their Active Directory for password-related security vulnerabilities

  • Specops Password Notification

And finally, Specops Password Notification enables IT admins to configure password expiration email reminders to be sent via their own SMTP server, letting IT admins communicate password expirations to remote users.

The company has also produced its own additional set of useful reminders:

“All IT security is based upon the premise that you need to give the right access to the right people using the right device. When you apply this to remote workers, the following areas need to be considered:

How they are connecting to the company data/system:

Cloud – accessible via a web browser.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Which type will depend on what the machine supports. Is it user initiated (you log in and press a connect button) or machine initiated?

Remote Desktop Services – Citrix NetScaler or MS Remote Desktop Gateway server

The type and location of data/system they need access to: 

  • Is it cloud or on-premise?
  • Is it sensitive information?
  • Does exposing the data to remote workers contravene any privacy laws? 

The location of the user accessing the data/system:

  • Does the system react differently depending on whether it’s accessed over a WAN or LAN?
  • Are they accessing the data from home, public location, different country?
  • Physical security – is the device encrypted, locked down and does the device need a privacy filter?

How the user is authenticated to use data/systems: 

  • Password, 2FA, MFA
  • Authenticated device
  • If a password expires, how is it reset and updated? 

How they should be allowed to use data/systems:

  • Should it be presented via a Virtual Desktop rather than VPN?
  • Should they be allowed to Print locally/Screenshot?”