IT/Security/Nerd related info sources.
- Software Recommendations
Twitter Accounts to Follow
@swiftonsecurity - the infosec twitter popstar we need and deserve. Seriously though, she posts relevant and helpful stuff all the time and has helped influence policy inside our organization through her tweets.
Sites to Visit
DecentSecurity - swiftonsecurity's site. Lots of good guides/info. General inspiration for this site.
VirusTotal - file/URL analyzer. Seriously if you have doubts about a site or file upload it here. Scans with 50+ AV engines and gives really detailed results.
Dark Reading - security/it news in general.
Reddit Sysadmin - news/questions/rants/ideas for systems administration.
Reddit Selfhosted - ideas and info about selfhosting your own servers/services.
Shodan - search engine for most of the ipv4 space on the internet.
SecurityNow - hosted by Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson (man behind spinrite and shieldsup). Generally security news and great breakdowns/opinion.
Techsnap - similar to securitynow but more unix/linux focused.
Duplicati - Free, Encrypted Offsite Backup
Duplicati is a free/open-source application available for windows/linux/mac that backs up to ftp/sftp/google drive and many other cloud storage provider. The backups are encrypted using AEScrypt and a passcode of your choosing. So instead of purchasing backup software you can use this for free if you have your own storage already in google drive/backblaze/amazons3 or in my case an offsite server via sftp.
Alternative to services like crashplan/carbonite/etc.
Blur for Email/Phone/Credit Card Privacy
If you're like me, you hate giving out your email to new websites. Its just one more place that is going to spam you and give your email to 3rd party services who will intern also spam you.
Enter Blur from Abine. Blur allows you to create email, phone, and credit card aliases that forward to your real ones. This allows you to give out the info during registration/checkout but allows you to disable the card, number, or email if you believe its been hacked or no longer want to use the service. The email masking is free, while the phone and CC masking require a paid subscription.
I've been using the software for a few months and its been stellar so far. It is available for Android and iOS.