Software & Tools

Here is a list of useful software and tools. Before using any downloaded software, you should read and understand both the documentation and the license. Much of this software can only be used for non-commericial purposes, i.e. for home use only. Others may be freely used on University owned devices for business purposes. Unless directed to use these by ETS or your division / department IT staff, you should assume that these are not supported.

  • Avast: The newest version of the most-trusted security in the world is ready, and it’s completely free.
  • ClamAV: ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.
  • *F-Secure Online Scanner: Online Scanner that helps to get rid of viruses and spyware that may cause problems on your PC, and it works even if you have another security software installed on your computer. F‑Secure Online Scanner is easy to use with just a couple of clicks: just download it and run it. It does not leave anything on your PC.
  • F-Secure Rescue CD: F-Secure Rescue CD contains the Knoppix derivative of the Linux operating system, which can run completely from a CD and allows access to your PC's operating system and hard disks. Use Rescue CD to boot up a PC you suspect has been infected, or has had its security software compromised. Note that it cannot scan encrypted disks.
    Once booted, you can check the installed programs and perform more advanced repair and data recovery operations.
  • GitHub Open Security Research: These tools provide a wide range of useful functions, and not just for checking host or network weak points.
  • KeePass:  KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish)
  • *Malwarebytes: Malwarebytes builds industry-leading anti-malware and internet security software to keep you safe from today's online threats.
  • *McAfee Tools: McAfee is committed to your security and provides an assortment of free McAfee tools to help in your software development
  • Microsoft Free Security Tools: The blog series highlights free security tools that Microsoft provides to help make IT professionals’ and developers’ lives easier.
  • Nmap: Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. 
  • Password Wallet: UCSB has arranged a volume license for a password management tool: Password Wallet from Selznick Scientific Software, LLC. Password Wallet allows you to manage your passwords and store them securely. It includes features to make it easy to use including auto-type and synchronization between multiple devices.
  • *PunkSPIDER: PunkSPIDER is a global web application vulnerability repository that is on track to cover the entire internet.
  • Qualys Website Scan: Accurately scan your network, servers, desktops or web apps for security vulnerabilities. Scanning takes just minutes to find out where you're at risk.
  • *Secunia PSI: For home use only the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs on your PC.
  • SHODAN: Shodan is a search engine that lets the user find specific types of computers (routers, servers, etc.) connected to the internet using a variety of filters. Some have also described it as a search engine of service banners, which are meta-data the server sends back to the client.
  • Sophos: Mobile Security for Android, Antivirus for Mac Home Edition, Virus Removal Tool, Sophos UTM Home Edition
  • Spiceworks: The free Spiceworks application gives you a full scan of all your devices, an inventory of your software. 
  • *SSLLABS: SSL Labs is a collection of documents, tools and thoughts related to SSL. It's an attempt to better understand how SSL is deployed, and an attempt to make it better. Here you will find a free online service that will perform a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet. 
  • *StaySafeOnline: A collection of more than twenty links so you can check your computer for known viruses, spyware, and more and discover if your computer is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
  • *TrendMicro: Free & valuable software tools that provide additional protection for your PCs & Android mobile devices.