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Best Apps to use for IT Technicians

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As an IT Professional, there are a select number of apps that will help you on the job. 

1. NordVPN (IOS, Android, Win, MacOS, Other)

A very secure VPN App.

Number of servers: 5155+

Server locations: 62

Max simultaneous connections: 6


36 months $2.99/mth (SAVE 75%) | 12 months $6.99/mth | 1 month $11.95 /mth


For users who need extra protection on the internet you can use turn on double encryption. How this works is your traffic reaches a remote VPN server and leaves it securely encrypted. The encrypted traffic then passes through a second VPN server and gets encrypted one more time. You reach the internet destination securely and privately. NordVPN has a ‘zero logs’ policy which means they do not track user’s online activity.

Did you know, NordVPN is based in Panama. NordVPN falls under the country’s jurisdiction and Panama has no data retention laws.

NordVPN has a free 7-day trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee. The limited 3 year offer is the most popular plan and has the biggest saving.

2. Microsoft OneNote (IOS, Android, Win, MacOS)

OneNote is my go to app for note taking and logging everything related to IT such as my to-do job list, website links, logging hardware asset information, IP addresses, backup strategies, capturing error messages, drawings/sketches and a lot more. 

3. Termius (IOS, Android, Win, Mac)

A modern SSH app for IOS, Android, macOS, Windows and Linux. Stay connected to your servers while you’re away from home or the office.

The premium version allows you to use the SFP client, secure cross-device sync, background sessions, touch ID and many more features listed here.

4. iPerf (IOS, Android, Win, MacOS, Linux, Other)

iPerf is a tool for measuring bandwidth for links on IP networks. It supports TCP,UDP, SCTP with IPv4 and IPv6.

There is a client and server functionality where you create a data stream to measure the throughput between two ends.

5. Slack (IOS, Android, Win, MacOS, Linux)

Slack is a team communication tool similar to IRC (Internet Relay Chat). You can join channels, send direct message and create/join private groups.

It’s easy to share files, search through channels and chat to your work colleagues.

The free version allows 10,000 of the most recent messages to be viewed and searched.

Slack integrates with many third party services such as Google Drive, Trello, GitHub, Dropbox and a few others.

It also has an API which allows users to create apps and automate processes such as sending automatic notifications based on human input, sending alerts on specific conditions or allowing server apps to send data into the Slack Channel automatically.

6. Ninite

If you haven’t heard of Ninite, you are going to love it. The Ninite website allows you to tick boxes of commonly installed free apps and run an exe which will install them all for you automatically one after the other. Especially handy for when you are setting up a new PC.

Free apps can be installed such as Chrome, 7Zip, Skype, Discord, Google Backup, VLC, Audacity, Spotify, Java, Google Earth, Steam, KeePass, IrfanView, Foxit Reader, WinDirStat, AVG and Malwarebytes to name a few.

7. Wireshark

Wireshark is a free and open source packet analyzer. It’s commonly used for network analysis and troubleshooting packets.

8. Angry IP Scanner

Angry IP Scanner is an open source cross platform network scanner. It can scan IP address ranges and ports.

Very handy if you are working in an unknown network and need to find out which IP addresses are in use.

9. Check MK

Check MK can be installed to monitor your network infrastructure. If any device, server or network hardware supports SNMP then the data can be pulled into Check MK allowing you to monitor if a server is up/down, network traffic, printer toner levels, router graphs and a lot more.

10. Not an app however IOS 13

A couple of reasons to upgrade to IOS 13 when it comes out in September:

  1. Native SMB support to connect to file servers, NAS’s.
  2. Dark mode
  3. QuickType keyboard

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