Monday, December 3, 2012

VAST Linux Security Distro

VAST is a Linux-based security distribution specifically designed for pentesting VoIP and UC networks.  It enables security professionals and UC administrators to rapidly perform VoIP security assessments and enumerate vulnerabilities in IP Phones or IP PBX servers in a lab environment.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


JBlitz is a Java-based web site load testing utility.


Gbridge is a free software that lets you remotely control PCs, sync folders, share files, and chat securely and easily. An extension of Google's gtalk service, Gbridge automatically forms a collaborative, encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects your computers and your friends' computers directly and securely with patented technology.

Windows Firewall Notifier

Windows Firewall Notifier (WFN) extends the default Windows embedded firewall behavior, allowing to handle outgoing connections, and displaying (almost) real-time information about the current connections.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

How to use the refresh option with Windows 8

Windows 8 has a refresh option available.  Instead of reinstalling the operating systems and all data files, the refresh process has the following features:

1.  Your data files as well as personal settings will be retained.

2.  The PC Settings will be returned to the defaults.

3.  All application not installed via the Windows Store will be removed; those installed via the Store will remain.

In this example, we have installed Notepad++ and created a shortcut on the desktop.


We have one Windows Store application and a few test files within the Documents folder.



To start the refresh process, access the PC Settings area.  Click on General section.  The user account in question must have local administrative authority.


With the proper authority, the wizard should display.


The original media may be required.


Once the media is available, click on the Refresh button.


The boot screen should display information on the process after the required restart.


When logged back in, the Notepad++ application was not to be found but the two test files under the Documents folder were still present.  Also present was the Windows Store application.



AlternativeTo is a web site that offers alternatives to established software applications for different platforms.