Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

On the latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast:Backup’s Modern Role in Security,” we discuss how threats have morphed over the years—from the days when backup primarily served as a safety net against accidental data loss and hardware failures to today, when they’ve become a key weapon in the fight against ransomware and other sophisticated attacks.

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

WinCDP is a helpful utility that leverages Cisco’s CDP to provide an elegant solution to the perennial dilemma, “Where does this cable, uplink, or port lead?” CDP operates at the Data Link Layer to expose crucial insights about directly linked Cisco devices, such as IP addresses, OS versions, which switch you’re connected to, and the specific port in use. Kindly suggested by brbATF.


Another Free Tool

ThrottleStop is a compact solution for identifying and resolving the CPU throttling techniques some laptop models use—like clock modulation and multiplier reductions—to manage power consumption, maintain lower temperatures, or accommodate power limitations posed by the adapter. Offers a range of options designed to counter throttling, plus a monitoring panel that provides real-time insights into the operational status of individual CPU threads. Substantial-Act9976 recommends it “to tweak and downvolt your Intel CPU.”


Yet Another Free Tool

klogg is an open source multi-platform GUI application to search through all kinds of text log files using regular expressions. It’s a fork of the no-longer-maintained glogg project designed for speed and to provide a clear view even in huge, cluttered files. Author variar_fav adds, “It is generally faster [than glogg] for both opening a file and performing searches. Current dev builds that use hyperscan regular expression engine can open a file and do a search while glogg would still be indexing that file.”



Tech Pub, hosted by Professor Robert McMillen, offers concise and insightful solutions for tech enthusiasts seeking quick resolutions. This Microsoft Certified Trainer, with extensive credentials including an MBA and over 50 technical certifications, delivers efficient tutorials that effectively address complex problems in a few minutes. Emphasis-Hungry appreciates it for “system admin stuff. Short tutorials.”


One More Free Tool

TheHive is a versatile open-source solution for streamlining the investigation and prompt handling of security incidents. Seamlessly integrates with MISP to facilitate the transition from event analysis to investigation initiation, enabling efficient synchronization and export for collaborative threat detection and response. Moreover, coupling TheHive with Cortex empowers security professionals to efficiently analyze up to hundreds of observables. Timely-Lychee-5204 describes it as, “an open-source and scalable Security Incident Response Platform designed for handling incidents efficiently.”


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Maccy is a fast, reliable open-source clipboard manager tailored for macOS users seeking streamlined functionality. Brings swift access and search capabilities for your complete clipboard archive to those who prioritize keyboard-centric workflows. Recommended by osantacruz.

ISOBuster is an efficient data recovery tool designed to work with a wide array of storage devices. Recovers data from CDs, DVDs, BDs, HDDs, Flash drives, USB sticks, and more—via NTFS, UDF, FAT, HFS, ISO, IFO/VOB, and file signatures. Our thanks for this one go to ryzen124.