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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3

Scan network PCs for security issues

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 October 2015
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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3
Scan network PCs for security issues

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is a free tool which scans local or network PCs (Windows XP-8.1) for security issues.

Launch the program and you're given options to scan one or multiple computers, by name, domain or IP address(es).

If you just want to run a quick test on the current PC, click "Scan a computer" > "Start Scan".

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer runs a variety of checks on your system, and these can take a while to complete. Don't be surprised if you're waiting for two or three minutes.

Once it's done a full report on your system appears, with an overall verdict, and a summary of every check: missing security updates, blank/ simple/ non-expiring passwords, firewall settings, Windows update policy, Guest Account status, Administrator account details, security event auditing, unnecessary services, network shares, Registry permissions, Internet Explorer Zone configuration, SQL Server/ IIS configuration (if they're installed), and more.

Some of these items have links to explain what was scanned, and how to correct the problem.

The reports may be printed or copied to the clipboard, and they're also saved for reference later.

Verdict:

It's a pity that Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3 doesn't officially support Windows 10, but it's still a handy way to check the security settings on older systems.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.18.90

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.18.90

- When receiving photos or GIFs, you can 3D Touch or swipe left on the notification and tap "View" to preview the media from within the notification (iOS 10+).
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