Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2 worthwhile utilities

Ok, let's start off the New Year with 2 interesting and helpful utilities.

Firstly IEPassview - This utility will allow you to display all the passwords stored by Internet Explorer. Yes, that's right boys and girls, all those passwords for login to protected sites and things like ADLS routers.

IE PassView utility can recover 3 types of passwords:

  • AutoComplete Passwords: When you enter a Web page that contains a form with user/password fields and a login button, Internet Explorer may ask you if you want to save the password, after pressing the login button. If you choose to save the password, the password is saved as AutoComplete password.
    Be aware that some Web sites (like Yahoo login page) deliberately disable the AutoComplete feature, in order to avoid password stealing by other users.
  • HTTP Authentication Passwords: Some Web sites allow the user to enter only after typing user and password in a separated dialog-box. If you choose to save the password in this login dialog-box, the password is saved as HTTP authentication password.
  • FTP Passwords: Simply the passwords of FTP addresses (ftp://...)

Next WindirStat - will calculate and display disk usage.

WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

  • The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,
  • The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,
  • The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.

This is a great tool for determining what is chewing up all your disk space and then actually going in and cleaning it up.

Best of all both utilities are free for download. How's that for a New Year's present?