Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

On the latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast:A Frank Discussion on Licensing M365 Security Features,” we discuss licensing Microsoft 365 security features with Microsoft Certified Trainer, Paul Schnackenburg. Check it out for valuable insights on how M365 licensing practices have evolved and why they’ve become so complex.

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

NirCmd offers a convenient, efficient means of performing a collection of tasks without the need for a user interface. This small, command-line Windows utility enables seamless Registry manipulation, INI file editing, internet account dialing, VPN network connections, system restarts, and computer shutdowns, as well as other functionalities for streamlining operations. Thanks for this one go to tuxedo_jack.


Another Free Tool

Charles is a powerful web proxy and monitor designed to run on your local computer. Once the web browser or other applications are configured to access the web through Charles, you can record and view all incoming and outgoing data. The enhanced visibility simplifies the process of debugging and provides advanced features such as SSL proxying, bandwidth throttling, AJAX debugging, AMF support, request repetition and editing, breakpoints for intercepting and modifying requests or responses, and even validation of HTML, CSS, and RSS/atom responses using the W3C validator. Favored by dotslash00.


A Training Resource

Level1Techs is an engaging YouTube channel that’s the work of a group of self-described nerds with a passion for technology who are eager to share their vast knowledge and insights. Videos explore innovations in tech, science, and design and their profound impact on our lives. Kindly suggested by Maudib420.


Yet Another Free Tool

KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system, offering an extensive range of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and broad support for various peripherals like graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI, and USB devices. Can serve as a reliable Linux desktop, an educational CD, a rescue system, or even a platform for commercial software demos. Operates without the need for hard disk installation and its on-the-fly decompression enables the CD to accommodate an impressive 2 GB of executable software (or over 9 GB on the DVD “Maxi” edition). Appreciation for the recommendation go to dogedude81.


One More Free Tool

qBittorrent is a reliable, open-source alternative to µTorrent with a similar user interface. Features an extensible search engine for simultaneous searches across multiple Torrent search sites with category-specific requests. Supports Bittorrent extensions, such as Magnet links, DHT, PEX, and encrypted connections, while also providing advanced control over torrents, bandwidth, and IP filtering. Available on all major platforms and presented in almost 70 languages. lieutenantcigarette adds, “very lightweight, nice user interface, with the added bonus of not bombarding you with ads or using your CPU/GPU resources to mine cryptocurrencies in the background without your knowledge.”


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Tilix is a powerful open-source Linux terminal emulator that elevates the CLI experience with a host of features not found in standard Linux distributions. Streamlines workflow with seamless horizontal and vertical split-screen functionalities and offers input synchronization across multiple terminals. Includes support for bookmarks, session export to files, a customizable title bar, and searching through the Terminal. Our thanks for this one go to rootchick.

GlazeWM is a tiling manager designed for Windows that allows you to easily arrange and modify window layouts using intuitive keyboard-driven commands. Offers straightforward YAML configuration, multi-monitor compatibility, customizable bar window, specific window rules, and a convenient one-click install process. nascentt sees it as, “a windows adaptation of i3 Linux Desktop Manager. Makes using Windows a much more pleasant experience.”