Programs of Choice Most Recommended by the District Nerd...

Password Managers

There are some other portable password managers over at PortableFreeware.com.

KeePass

This is the favourite password manager of the District Nerd.

Features

  • Store all of your usernames and passwords in one place!
  • Also keep track of what websites use which passwords, and even keep notes on the sites.
  • You can password-protect the entire database so nobody can get to your private information.
  • It is portable, so you can keep it on your flash drive.
  • If you can't think of a password, there is a password generator.
  • There is the KeeFox addon for Firefox that will integrate with KeePass and autofill your password fields for you.

nPassword

Here is a nice, simple password manager. It works a lot like KeePass (above), but is not as full-features, nor does it have integration with browsers. But it does just what it was made to do, and it was the one used by the District Nerd before he switched to KeePass.

There are two versions of this program:

One note, however, concerning this application: if you decide to use a master password, and you've also marked the setting for keeping a backup, be aware that if you had any previous backups, they will not be encrypted with the new password you set. Thus, you might consider removing your backup to a safe place before you set a master password (else if someone finds your flash drive, they might be able to get into your backup file).

System Manager

System Explorer

System Explorer is the first program a nerd should install on any computer.

Features

  • Manage the applications that start when your computer starts
  • Easily see which programs, services and process are running (like Task Manager)
  • Monitor all the internet connections being made on your computer
  • See the startup parameters of any program running on your computer
  • You get a little system-tray icon that monitors your memory and CPU usage
  • If you hover over that system-tray icon, you get a popup telling you the top three or four programs using the most memory or CPU. You also see how much batter power is left.
  • It is free!
  • It will tell you where any process's executable file is stored on your computer
  • Easily uninstall your programs
  • There is a portable version to keep on your flash drive

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Security and Anti-Virus

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

The program is free, lightweight and non-intrusive. You would normally get it via Windows Update, but you can download it, too.

Download Page - you will have to specify whether you have a 64bit or 32bit system.

Remote Access

TeamViewer

This program allows you to access your computer from another computer. It installs easy. You can set a permanent password, then write down your ID number. Now, when you are at home, as long as you've left your computer on at work, you can access your work computer and do what you need.

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Disk Space

SpaceSniffer

Here is a most awesome program that will show you a visual graph of all the folders and files on your computer and how much disk space they occupy. It is a "live" view - so if you add or remove files, the graph is automatically updated.

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