When it comes to network scanning, you may think of those very costly commercial products that not much people can afford. But it’s not necessary to have such a beast to accomplish a simple job such as finding out the open ports on the computers on the same local network. There are free yet powerful network scanner tools made just for that purpose. Let’s check out some of them.
Slitheris Network Discovery is a network IP scanner that discovers all the IP-based network devices on your local area network, scans them and displays some network related information for you. It runs on Windows platform but is capable of detecting a lot more kinds of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, etc.
Since Windows 7, you must choose a network location when you connect to a network for the first time, either Home, Work, or Public. This automatically sets the appropriate firewall and security settings for the types of the network that you connect to. Pick the right location when connecting to a network to ensure that your computer is always set to an appropriate security level.
Windows 10 New Feature: Controlled Windows 10 New Feature: Controlled Folder Access to Protect Your Data from RansomwareFolder Access to Protect Your Data from Ransomware
To better protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats like Ransomware, Microsoft introduces a new feature called Controlled folder access in the upcoming Windows 10 Falls Creators Update. When enabled, it monitors the changes that apps make to the files in certain protected folders and sends you a notification when a blacklisted app is trying to make a change to these files.