Top FREE applications every Mac 💻 should have

Top FREE applications every Mac 💻 should have

A Mac Operating System has plenty of useful applications built right into it (like telnet, ssh, tftp, ftp) but depending on your use, the list below could really add value especially if you're into privacy and security. Security (Anti-virus/Malware) Myth: Macs don't require an antivirus. Truth: Most viruses are created to target the bulk of the users who are on Windows. But the list below has some very effective and light weight free apps that will help defend agains and clean your Mac. They all come with a paid version, but for most users, the free version should suffice. BitDefender Free virus scanner for your Mac. Malware Bytes Great for detecting suspicious files on your Mac. Avast Security For Mac Another free and decent virus scanner for the Mac. Privacy LastPass My choice for storing, sorting and managing all your passwords. You can keep notes in it as well, access it anywhere from any device (non-Apple as well). Don't forget to enable multi-factor authentication for added security. You can use...
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Open Source Network/Security Software for the Enterprise

Open Source Network/Security Software for the Enterprise

Software vendors are going to kill me for saying this, but you don't have to break the bank with software costs. There are FREE alternatives. Vendors may debate over which are better. But that decision has to be made on a per software basis and per use-case. As long as you have good support, Open Source software can be as good, even better. The code in most cases is well developed and audited by the open source community. I can see many medium tier organizations run these enterprise open source software and save a lot of money in product fees. They will still have to pay for implementation and support costs, but that will be there with all software anyways. Here's a list I compiled of enterprise level security/network tools an organization can benefit from. By no means is this list exhaustive, a comparison or in any order of priority.   Function Free / Open Source Paid LAN Monitoring Tool Network Monitoring (NMS) NMIS NtopNG (nTop Probe for netflow has a...
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Cabling Nuances 🤷🏻‍♂️ – Different Types

Cabling Nuances 🤷🏻‍♂️ – Different Types

Troubleshooting starts at Layer 1 - the Link Layer. So it's important to get this right. You may say "it's just cabling, how hard can it be?". We'll, read along. I've seen way too many people get it wrong and pay for an expert to re-do it, so I thought I'd touch upon this fundamental topic. The goal here should be to get the cabling done right the first time around to avoid countless hours of troubleshooting cabling issues. The last thing you want is to climb up ladders in narrow spaces tracing cables and re-terminating jacks. I'd rather spend the extra 10mins terminating a connector right, than coming back to it later and re-doing everything. The 2 main types of data cables are Solid Core and Stranded. (There are other categorizations like Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7/8. Their primary difference is in the number of twists per inch and how much data they can throughput.) Solid Core Each of the 8 cables inside the outer cover...
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