A collection of useful tools which I’ve used before (and some which I still use) to help diagnose issue, monitor issues, and to get things done! System utilities Windows Linux Cobian Backup 11Free backup software. Y – Microsoft SysinternalsA suite of tools for monitoring processes in real-time (registry reads/writes, TCP/IP port usage, etc), dumping memory of processes, removing NTFS ADS, controlling startup services, and much more! This suite of tools was developed by Mark Russinovich, and later acquired by Microsoft. I find these tools to be essential for administering Microsoft Windows. Y – Disk utilities Windows Linux CrystalDiskInfoHard […]

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How to secure your home WiFi

Want to know how to protect the WiFi in your home or business? If you use these tips to secure your home WiFi from hackers, then you’ll be far ahead of most people. 1. Update your WiFi router firmware Updating your WiFi router is critically important to having a safe WiFi network. 2. Use strong WiFi encryption Always use the most recent encryption standard. Further reading: 3. Use a secure WPA2 passphrase It may seem stupidly obvious, but don’t use a password which is easy to guess! 4. Check for rogue Wi-Fi access points If you ever browsed the […]

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How to stop pop-ups on computer

In this article we’ll show you how to remove pop-ups on your computer. Malware is a common cause of pop-ups, so you should never ignore them. The first thing you should do is determine whether a pop-up is likely malicious or whether it’s from a genuine app on your computer. Step #1: Is the pop-up legit? The first step is to determine whether the pop-up is part of your computer’s operating system, a legitimate program on your computer, a phishing website, etc. Step #2:

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Unbricking a TP-Link router

When this might be helpful: Your router failed to boot after a firmware upgrade You want to change between regional firmware releases (America/Europe/Asia/Australasia etc) You want to revert back to, or change away from, official TP-Link firmware Your TP-Link firmware upgrade is stuck You need to perform wrong firmware recovery Requirements: Firmware from the TP-Link website A TFTP server which supports logging (this example uses TFTPD32/TFTPD64: Ethernet cable (preferably crossover cable) Computer or laptop The TP-Link router must be on the same LAN segment as your computer Method: Download the firmware for your router from the TP-Link website, and […]

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