Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

In the latest Security Swarm Podcast: “Security Risks of Always On Remote Access,” we talk with Matt Lee from Pax8 to discuss the risks associated with deploying always on remote access software on managed endpoints. Matt discusses his extensive background in the MSP space and shares insights gained from his experience with a mass ransomware event.

We’re 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 share your suggestions on the IT Pro Tuesday subreddit, and we’ll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

Now on to this week’s list

A Training Resource

SadServers gives you access to a full remote Linux server on which you get to refine your troubleshooting skills by solving a particular problem. Free for personal use, with limits on the number of scenarios and total tries per day. aaron416 explains, “It will give you a task to complete on a real server, or something that’s broken. Then you figure out how to debug it and fix it!”

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A Free Tool

IntelBurnTest helps to simplify the use of Intel’s powerful Linpack program—a tool that can bring even the world’s most-powerful CPUs to the brink. thelanranger considers it an essential sysadmin tool.

External Attack Surface Management Attack Surface Summary

A Tip

ShoopDoopy shares a discovery:

“Use Bing chat to write short utility scripts for you. Add This is important for my career’ to the end to improve the quality of your results.”

Another Free Tool

Everything is an incredibly fast command-line search engine for Windows that instantly locates files and folders by name. By indexing only file and folder names, it generally takes a few seconds to build its database. Echo64 says, “1000% better than the built-in Windows search —one of these apps that once you use it, you can’t go back.”

One More Free Tool

CodeLobster is a cross-platform IDE that streamlines and simplifies the PHP development process. Autocompletes the names of functions, arguments, tags, and their attributes for PHP, HTML, JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, and Python. Also includes an internal PHP debugger that automatically detects your current server settings and configures corresponding files. Our thanks for the suggestion go to deanmoncaster.

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P.S. Bonus Free Tools

FurMark is an intense GPU stress test for Windows (32- and 64-bit) and Linux (32- and 64-bit) platforms as well as a quick OpenGL and Vulkan benchmark. Uses fur rendering algorithms—which are specially adapted to overheat the GPU—to measure graphics card performance. Kindly suggested by thelanranger.

Core FTP LE is a secure FTP client with features like SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, FTPS, IDN, browser integration, site-to-site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag-n-drop support, file viewing/editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters, and more. Appreciated by Barry2888.