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Top 7 open source project management tools for agile teams
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 03 January 2019 07:37 AM

In this roundup of open source project management tools, we look at software that helps support Scrum, Kanban, and other agile methods. has surveyed the landscape of popular open source project management tools. We've done this before—but this year we've added a twist. This time, we're looking specifically at tools that support agile methodology, including related practices such as Scrum, Lean, and Kanban.

The growth of interest in and use of agile is why we've decided to focus on these types of tools this year. A majority of organizations—71%—say they are using agile approaches at least sometimes. In addition, agile projects are 28% more successful than projects managed with traditional approaches.

For this roundup, we looked at the project management tools we covered in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and plucked the ones that support agile, then did research to uncover any additions or changes. Whether your organization is already using agile or is one of the many planning to adopt agile approaches in 2018, one of these seven open source project management tools, in no particular order, may be exactly what you're looking for.


MyCollab is a suite of three collaboration modules for small and midsize businesses: project management, customer relationship management (CRM), and document creation and editing software. There are two licensing options: a commercial "ultimate" edition, which is faster and can be run on-premises or in the cloud, and the open source "community edition," which is the version we're interested in here.

The community edition doesn't have a cloud option and is slower, due to not using query cache, but provides essential project management features, including tasks, issues management, activity stream, roadmap view, and a Kanban board for agile teams. While it doesn't have a separate mobile app, it works on mobile devices as well as Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Unix computers.

The latest version of MyCollab is 5.4.10 and the source code is available on GitHub. It is licensed under AGPLv3 and requires a Java runtime and MySQL stack to operate. It's available for download for Windows, Linux, Unix, and MacOS.


Odoo is more than project management software; it's a full, integrated business application suite that includes accounting, human resources, website & e-commerce, inventory, manufacturing, sales management (CRM), and other tools.

The free and open source community edition has limited features compared to the paid enterprise suite. Its project management application includes a Kanban-style task-tracking view for agile teams, which was updated in its latest release, Odoo 11.0, to include a progress bar and animation for tracking project status. The project management tool also includes Gantt charts, tasks, issues, graphs, and more. Odoo has a thriving community and provides user guides and other training resources.

It is licensed under GPLv3 and requires Python and PostgreSQL. It is available for download for Windows, Linux, and Red Hat Package Manager, as a Docker image, and as source on GitHub.


OpenProject is a powerful open source project management tool that is notable for its ease of use and rich project management and team collaboration features.

Its modules support project planning, scheduling, roadmap and release planning, time tracking, cost reporting, budgeting, bug tracking, and agile and Scrum. Its agile features, including creating stories, prioritizing sprints, and tracking tasks, are integrated with OpenProject's other modules.

OpenProject is licensed under GPLv3 and its source code is available on GitHub. Its latest version, 7.3.2. is available for download for Linux; you can learn more about installing and configuring it in Birthe Lindenthal's article "Getting started with OpenProject."


As you would expect from its name, OrangeScrum supports agile methodologies, specifically with a Scrum task board and Kanban-style workflow view. It's geared for smaller organizations—freelancers, agencies, and small and midsize businesses.

The open source version offers many of the features in OrangeScrum's paid editions, including a mobile app, resource utilization, and progress tracking. Other features, including Gantt charts, time logs, invoicing, and client management, are available as paid add-ons, and the paid editions include a cloud option, which the community version does not.

OrangeScrum is licensed under GPLv3 and is based on the CakePHP framework. It requires Apache, PHP 5.3 or higher, and MySQL 4.1 or higher, and works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Its latest release, 1.6.1. is available for download, and its source code can be found on GitHub.


]project-open[ is a dual-licensed enterprise project management tool, meaning that its core is open source, and some additional features are available in commercially licensed modules. According to the project's comparison of the community and enterprise editions, the open source core offers plenty of features for small and midsize organizations.

]project-open[ supports agile projects with Scrum and Kanban support, as well as classic Gantt/waterfall projects and hybrid or mixed projects.

The application is licensed under GPL and the source code is accessible via CVS. ]project-open[ is available as installers for both Linux and Windows, but also in cloud images and as a virtual appliance.


Taiga is an open source project management platform that focuses on Scrum and agile development, with features including a Kanban board, tasks, sprints, issues, a backlog, and epics. Other features include ticket management, multi-project support, wiki pages, and third-party integrations.

It also offers a free mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, and provides import tools that make it easy to migrate from other popular project management applications.

Taiga is free for public projects, with no restrictions on either the number of projects or the number of users. For private projects, there is a wide range of paid plans available under a "freemium" model, but, notably, the software's features are the same, no matter which type of plan you have.

Taiga is licensed under GNU Affero GPLv3, and requires a stack that includes Nginx, Python, and PostgreSQL. The latest release, 3.1.0 Perovskia atriplicifolia, is available on GitHub.


Tuleap is an application lifecycle management (ALM) platform that aims to manage projects for every type of team—small, midsize, large, waterfall, agile, or hybrid—but its support for agile teams is prominent. Notably, it offers support for Scrum, Kanban, sprints, tasks, reports, continuous integration, backlogs, and more.

Other features include issue tracking, document tracking, collaboration tools, and integration with Git, SVN, and Jenkins, all of which make it an appealing choice for open source software development projects.

Tuleap is licensed under GPLv2. More information, including Docker and CentOS downloads, is available on their Get Started page. You can also get the source code for its latest version, 9.14, on Tuleap's Git.

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321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 18 November 2018 09:24 AM

Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will find 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!

321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology
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Free Educational Technology for Teachers

Do you support Free Technology for Teachers? If Yes, I highly encourage you to share this Free Educational Technology Resource with fellow teachers interested in implementing Free Technology in Classroom.

I am a great supporter of Free Educational Technology. This is why I created a list of 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in the following 18 categories:

  • 19 Free Tools To Create Infographics For Teachers
  • 19 Free Text To Speech Tools For Teachers
  • 21 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers
  • 15 Free Podcast Tools For Teachers
  • 27 Free Survey, Polls, and Quizzes Tools For Teachers
  • 17 Free Screen Capturing Tools For Teachers
  • 30 Free Social Bookmarking Tools For Teachers
  • 14 Online Bibliography and Citation Tools For Teachers
  • 13 Free Sticky Notes Tools For Teachers
  • 30 Free Photo and Image Editing Tools For Teachers
  • 17 Free Testing and Quizzing Tool For Teachers
  • 15 Free Web Conferencing Tools For Teachers
  • 15 Free Authoring Tools For Teachers
  • 5 Free Annotation Tools For Teachers
  • 8 Free Video Tools For Teachers
  • 6 Free PDF Tools For Teachers
  • 34 Sites To Download Royalty Free and Creative Commons Music For Teachers
  • 17 Free Stock Photos Sites For Teachers

19 Free Tools To Create Infographics For Teachers 

  1. amCharts Visual Editor This editor allows you to use amCharts as a web service. This means that all you need to do is to configure the chart and paste the generated HTML code to your HTML page.
  2. ChartsBinCreate your own interactive map. It's free for now.
  3. DipityCreate an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.
  4. Easel.lyCreate and share visual ideas online. Vhemes are visual themes. Drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas for easy creation of your visual idea!
  5. GapminderGapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view.
  6. is a free web-based diagram editor. Create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floor plans, user interface designs and other drawings online.
  7. Google Chart ToolsProvides several tools for making data more comprehensible. Special URLs can be used to embed graph and chart images in users' own web.
  8. Hohli Charts Online Charts Builder
  9. Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy! Follow other users and discover amazing data stories!
  10. Inkscape An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  11. Lucidchart With Lucidchart you can create flowcharts, org charts, mind maps, concept maps and many types of helpful visual communication. Lucidchart is completely free for students and teachers (no strings attached).
  12. PiktochartPiktochart- Make Information Beautiful. Create infographics. Engaging presentation app.
  13. PixlrWelcome to the most popular online photo editor in the world!
  14. Stat PlanetStatPlanet (formerly StatPlanet Map Maker) is free, award-winning software for creating interactive maps which are fully customizable. In addition to maps, the software also has the option of including interactive graphs and charts to create feature-rich infographics.
  15. Tableau PublicTableau Public is a free tool that brings data to life. Easy to use. Spectacularly powerful. Data In. Brilliance Out.
  16. VenngageVenngage is built for people who work with data. From analysts who want to communicate their data better, to the executives who want to understand insights faster and everyone else who uses data to make their decisions, Venngage has been made to make insights easier.
  17. visual.lyLike infographics and data visualization? is the world's largest community of infographics and data visualization. Come explore, share, and create.
  18. What About Me?Create an infographic of your digital life and become inspired by the people you know, the things you see, and the experiences you have online.
  19. WordleWordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

19 Free Text To Speech Tools For Teachers

  1. AnnouncifyListen to your web. After Announcify conquered Android™ phones, it's now here to announcify your life at Google Chrome. Announcify reads out loud every website you want. For example, if you're too tired but still need to study one more Wikipedia entry, Announcify can help your tired eyes relax.
  2. BalabolkaBalabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background color, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.
  3. Chrome SpeakChrome Speak (App Version), select the text and right-click to speak with offline tts engine, TTS (text to speech). Chrome speak provides native support for speech on Windows (using SAPI 5), Mac OS X, and Chrome OS, using speech synthesis capabilities provided by the operating system. On all platforms, the user can install extensions that register themselves as alternative speech engines.
  4. DSpeechDSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced based upon the vocal answers of the user. It is specifically designed to quickly and directly provide the functions and improved practical usefulness that are requested by this kind of program. In the meantime, the evasiveness and resource consumption is minimal.
  5. FoxVoxFoxVox will speak any text you highlight in a web page. FoxVox can also create audiobooks in mp3, ogg, and wav formats. You can now easily turn your blogs and articles into podcasts.
  6. Free Natural ReaderIt can convert any written text such as Microsoft Word, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails into spoken words.
  7. OdiogoOdiogo's media-shifting technology expands the reach of your content: It transforms news sites and blog posts into high fidelity, near human quality audio files ready to download and play anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  8. PediaPhonLearning during jogging and driving! E-learning and m-learning with MP3 players and mobile phones! A podcast and a winamp play list will be generated too. MP3 files, play lists and podcast automatically generated from Wikipedia! Let your computer read out the Wikipedia for you!
  9. PowerTalkPowerTalk is a free program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. You just download and install PowerTalk and while you open and run the presentation as usual it speaks the text on your slides. The advantage over other generic 'Text To Speech' programs is that PowerTalk is able to speak text as it appears and can also speak hidden text attached to images.
  10. QR voiceQR Code allows users to converts text-to-speech, generates QR Code for speech URL and Simplifies share text-to-speech files.
  11. Select and SpeakSelect and Speak uses iSpeech's human sounding text to speech (TTS) to let you select text from almost any website and make it talk.
  12. SpeakingFoxConverts text to audible speech on Mac OS X.
  13. SpeakIt!Select text you want to read and listen to it. SpeakIt converts text into speech so you no longer need to read. SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
  14. SpokenTextSpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Download your recordings as .mp3 or .m4b (Audio Book) files (in English, French, Spanish and German) of any text content on your computer or mobile phone.
  15. Text to VoiceTTS gives Firefox the power of speech. Select text, click the button on the bottom right of Firefox window and this add-on speaks the selected text for you. Isn't it brilliant? Audio is downloadable.
  16. text2speechFree online text to speech converter. Just enter your text, select one of the voices and download the resulting mp3 file to your computer. This service is free and you are allowed to use the speech files for any purpose, including commercial uses.
  17. VokiVoki is a FREE service that lets you create customized avatars, add voice to your Voki avatars, post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile, and take advantage of Voki's learning resources.
  18. vozMeVozme is an online text to speech program that lets you type-in any English or Spanish text and then play it as an audio stream.
  19. WordTalkA free Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter.

21 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers

  1. AnimotoUnlimited Videos For Educators. Enhance your digital classroom with Animoto, an ideal tool for creating videos and presentations. It takes just minutes to create a video which can bring your lessons to life. Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text.
  2. BubblrBubblr is a tool to create comic strips using photos from Begin searching images and add bubble to them.
  3. CapzlesAll of your media, your life, your stories together like never before. Create rich multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.
  4. CartoonistCartoonists is an online tool to create cartoons or personal digital stories, consisting of professional backgrounds, characters, props, images and text. With Cartoonist, you can create multimedia stories. You can use the tool to create comic strips or more personal digital narratives.
  5. Comic MasterComic Master allow you to create your own short graphic novel. With Comic Master you can decide how you want the page or your graphic novel to look, to add backgrounds, choose characters and props to appear in your scenes, to add dialogue and captions, and much more
  6. Domo animateImport your pictures, select a nice song to accompany the slideshow and you are done! Your pictures will be the hero of your own personalized Domo adventure. You can create your own Domo adventures in minutes with their easy-to-use animation studio.
  7. GeneratorGenerator is a creative studio space, a space where you can explore the moving image, be inspired, create your own moving image works and share your creations with the Generator community.Gain a deeper understanding of the context of these inspiring stories through their Education Themes section. Try the Storyboard Generator and either choose a script or build your own storyboard and share it with your friends.
  8. MakeBeliefsComixAt MakeBeliefsComix you can create your own comic strip with an easy and fun way. You have to choose a character and emotion. Then you have to add talk or thought balloons and start your character talking. You can add other characters and more conversation. Also, you can add colored backgrounds, objects and panel prompts to keep your viewers interested. Least but not last, you can continue to edit and make more changes, and when you are done you can print or email your comic!
  9. MapSkipThe purpose of is to create a weave of stories about the places in our lives. Users are invited to create a free account and to mark up places in Google Maps with their own stories and photos. Users can browse each other's stories and can rate and discuss them. MapSkip is free to use and free of ads.
  10. is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
  11. PixtonPixton empowers the world to communicate graphically with comics. Pixton introduces the world to Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new patented technology that gives anyone the power to create amazing comics on the web. From fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, every aspect of a comic can be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion. Pixton is free for fun but has paid version for Schools and Businesses.
  12. SlidestoryCombine sharing pictures and narration and what do you get? Slidestory! Slidestory is a new, exciting and FREE way to make presentations and share them on the Internet.
  13. SmileboxSmilebox lets you quickly and easily create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks and photo albums right on your computer. To get started, download and install the Smilebox application. Then simply, select the photos you want to use, choose a template add comments and music and voila, you've made a Smilebox! With more than 1000 customizable templates to choose from, you'll find inspiration around every corner.
  14. Smories.comSmories are original stories for kids, read by kids. The idea behind Smories is to publishes stories for kids read by kids. Also, you will find a lot of stories in various subjects submitted by teachers and authors.
  15. StorybirdStorybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. They curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.
  16. Zimmer TwinsThe Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. Since 2005, the Zimmer Twins has invited children to create and share their own animated stories. It is free for Kids & Families to join, make and watch a movie and paid for Educators and Schools.
  17. ZooBurstZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life. ZooBurst books “live” online and can be experienced on your desktop or laptop computer, or on your iPad via the free ZooBurst mobile app. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials. Basic accounts are 100% free and let you get started using ZooBurst right away.Free apps for digital storytelling
  18. Puppet PalsCreate your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!
  19. ShowMe Interactive WhiteboardTurn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!
  20. Sock PuppetsSock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
  21. Toontastic: FREEToontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play! With over 2 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, parents and teachers rave about the app... and kids can't stop creating!

15 Free Podcast Tools For Teachers

  1. Ardour Ardour is a free, fully-featured digital audio workstation, similar to other software like ProTools, Nuendo, Sonar and Logic, and capable of replacing analog or digital tape systems. Available for Mac OS X, Linux.
  2. AudacityAudacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Audacity is available for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
  3. BlogAmpBlogamp is a web-based audiocasting solution that combines a rich media on-demand experience with podcasting. Blogamp's robust administration utility and content manager allows site owners and bloggers the ability to customize the on demand presentation as well as utilize the many add-on features depending on who the target audience is.
  4. EasypodcastEasypodcast is a GUI tool for easy podcast publication. Easypodcast is multi-language (english and spanish) and cross-platform: tested on Windows and Linux (kde). This is possible thanks to wxPython.
  5. EvocaCreate and Share Digital Voice Recordings Using mobile, landline, Skype & smartphones, tablets and computers.
  6. HuffDufferCreate your own podcast. Find links to audio files on the Web. Huffduff the links—add them to your podcast. Subscribe to podcasts of other found sounds.
  7. MP3myMP3 RecorderSaves any audio you hear on your computer straight to mp3 or wav.
  8. OdiogoOdiogo's media-shifting technology expands the reach of your content: It transforms news sites and blog posts into high fidelity, near human quality audio files ready to download and play anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  9. is an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Easy to publish your podcast in 3 steps. No tech to learn. Powerful promoting tools, iTunes Preview, Statistics. Wonderful income chances with ads, paid subscriptions.
  10. PodOmaticRecord video and audio podcasts. Receive in-line calls from listeners.
  11. SoundCloudShare Your Sounds. Capture a voice, moment or music in seconds or upload audio you’ve already created. Everyone has sounds to share. Now you can share yours. Publish to social networks or embed your sounds on your site.
  12. StudioRackStudioRack is a modular live audio and video production system for the Windows O.S., intended for the more demanding podcaster, audio and video producers, DJ’s, radio stations, tv stations etc.
  13. TalkShoeCreate, schedule and run a live show. Integrate the recording on your website.
  14. VozMeConvert text to MP3.
  15. YAKiToMe!Uses the world’s best text to speech (TTS) software.  Upload documents, cut and paste text or link to feeds. Text reader converts text to speech automatically.

27 Free Survey, Polls, and Quizzes Tools For Teachers

  1. addpollThe easiest way to create polls, surveys and html forms... on the web. Find out why we're the greatest online survey and poll software in the world with integrated form builder.
  2. AnswerGardenAnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.
  3. Boo rooCreate online polls in minutes with our free polling tool. Use our comprehensive poll builder in order to create beautiful polling solutions in your browser, for free.
  4. DoculiciousEasily create embeddable web forms that generate PDF documents.
  5. FluidSurveysOnline Survey Software & Form Tools at their best! Create forms & questionnaires with the best online survey software. Get started in seconds!
  6. Forms on the FlyAmazing online forms made simple. Quickly create quizzes, tests, surveys, diagnostics & assessments for your website.
  7. formsiteOur Drag & Drop editor, combined with over 40 question types, enables you to easily create almost any type of form or survey. Once you begin collecting results, we provide the functionality to email, analyze, share, and download your data.
  8. FormspringFormspring is the place where you can share your perspective on anything. Members express their point of view and personality through engaging conversations and interact with friends, followers, and people they just find cool.
  9. FoSpaceThe ability to publish self-calculating order forms, online surveys, contact forms, employment applications, rental applications or any type of online form imaginable, without having to hire a programmer, has finally been realized.
  10. Freeonlinesurveys.comCreate your own Free Online Survey. Over 1 million users!
  11. GFXPOLL.comThe best website to create free graphical polls for your website, forum or even email.
  12. Google Forms (part of Google Drive)Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Then check out the results, neatly organized in a spreadsheet.
  13. Kwik SurveysKwik Surveys makes your job easy. Design surveys,forms, polls and feedback forms. It's free!
  14. MySurveyLabProfessional online surveys. Fastest online survey tool on the market. Beautiful yet simple color themes.
  15. Orbeon FormsOrbeon Forms is your solution to build and deploy web forms. It handles complex forms typical of the enterprise or government, implements the W3C XForms standard, and is available in a free open source Community Edition, as well as a commercially supported Professional Edition.
  16. PollDaddyThe most powerful and easy-to-use survey software around. Create stunning surveys, polls, and quizzes in minutes. Collect responses via your website, e-mail, iPad, Facebook, and Twitter. Generate and share easy-to-read reports.
  17. PollhostIn a hurry? Create a free poll as a guest at ... No need to sign up, quick free and easy!
  18. ScattervoxScattervox is a new kind of poll! When you create a poll, you ask users to show how they feel about different people, places, or things by plotting them on a two-dimensional graph. It's like an interactive infographic!
  19. SISsurveyCreate free online surveys and polls using SiS Survey. With SiS Survey you can now create surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles.
  20. SonarIf you need to feel the pulse of your community, or to get feedback on anything, SonarHQ is the easy and cost-effective way to get answers to your questions. The smarter, faster and easier way to create surveys.
  21. SurveyMonkeySurveyMonkey is the world's most popular online survey tool. It's easier than ever to send free surveys, polls, questionnaires, customer feedback and market research. Plus get access to survey questions and professional templates.
  22. Surveys EngineSurveys Engine is lightwheight online surveys server software. This tool enables you create various surveys and questionaires, from small and simple to large and complex. Surveys are hosted in our site so you and survey respondents don't need any software or server, just Internet browser.
  23. SurvsCreate online surveys with simplicity and elegance. Survs lets you create, distribute, and analyze online surveys and questionnaires with a friendly interface and powerful features. Survs gives you everything you need to gather feedback.
  24. Vizzual FormsVizzualforms is a web based service that will let you create forms and surveys, publish them online and see the results!
  25. Web Form FactoryWeb Form Factory is an open source web form generator which automatically generates the necessary backend code to tie your form to a database. By generating the backend code for you, WFF saves you time... time you could spend doing more interesting stuff.
  26. Web Online SurveysCreate questionnaires with point and click ease. This is an all in one service designed for people who are not computer experts and have the need to conduct surveys by themselves.
  27. WufooWufoo is a web application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun.

17 Free Screen Capturing Tools For Teachers 

  1. Aviary Compatible with all modern browsers, including mobile devices which support Javascript and HTML5 or Flash. Customize with our code generator and integrate within minutes! Media creation tools: image editor, audio editor, screen capture.
  2. Clip2NetThis free service allows you to upload desktop area image or files on the web really fast such as Desktop area capture and upload, Video capture and upload, Upload image from Clipboard, Upload text documents and much more.
  3. Faststone Capture A powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture and annotate anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and even scrolling windows/web pages. It also allows you to record screen activities and sound into video files.
  4. Greenshot A free screenshot tool optimized for productivity. Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with key features such as quickly creating screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; capturing of complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer, easily annotating, highlighting or obfuscating parts of the screenshot and much more.
  5. JingSimple and FREE, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations. Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly!
  6. KingKong CaptureCapture onscreen images fast and easy. Quick capture of your desktop, selected areas and objects. Easy printing of screenshots. Automatic saving in various supported graphic file formats are some of the key features of KingKong Capture.
  7. kwout"kwout" is a way you quote a part of a web page as an image with an image map. To use this service, all you need is to add our bookmarklet to your favorite browser. Takes a screenshot, cut out an aread, and then embed it anywhere that you want.
  8. PrtScrScreen capture tool. Accessable through Ptr Scr, Ctrl+Prt Scr, or custom hotkey. Captures full screen, rectangle selection, freehand selection, or active window. Can capture mouse cursor. Supports multiple monitors. Much better than Microsoft's own Snipping Tool.
  9. RumshotRumshot is an application for Windows similar to SnapShooter (Mac OS X) developed by Andrew Powell. Screenshots are a great way to show your desktop setup to friends and colleagues. But why settle for thumbnail of your carefully constructed desktop? Get classy - use Rumshot to automatically generate a themed and stylish screenshot preview!
  10. ScreenDashCapture images from your computer screen with ease. If you can see it on-screen, you can capture it, including web-pages, PDF files, programs, etc.
  11. ScreenhunterAward-winning screen capture solution to capture your screen, print and edit. Also with auto-scroll web pages, auto-capture, webcam and video screen capture.
  12. ScreenpressoScreenpresso captures your screen (screenshots and HD videos) for your training documents, collaborative design work, IT bug reports, and more...
  13. Screenshot CaptorScreenshot Captor is a best-in-class tool for grabbing, manipulating, annotating, and sharing screenshots. It's different from other screenshot utilities in several notable ways such as optimized for taking lots of screenshots with minimal intervention; highly configurable to make it work the way you want it to but stays out of your way in the system tray, excellent multi-monitor support, full set of scanner acquisition tools and scanner image correction, and perfect capture of Windows 7 partial transparency effects.
  14. ScreenSnaprScreenSnapr's aim is to provide a simple and straight-forward approach to image capturing and sharing. Without any of the extra fluff, ScreenSnapr makes sharing images as easy as possible. Press the shortcut and go!
  15. SkitchAnnotate, edit and share your screenshots and images... fast. Download now, it's free! Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.
  16. TinyGrab:Social Screenshot sharing. Take a screenshot and share it with your clients or friends in less time than it took you to read this sentence! TinyGrab 2.0 makes simple screenshot sharing social. Taking the critically acclaimed original TinyGrab and building on it. TinyGrab 2.0 adds a tonne of new features and proves on the existing service.
  17. Websnaprwebsnapr lets you capture screenshots of (almost) any web page. Allow your visitors to instantly visualize any web page before clicking. Increase site traffic, click-through rate and site stickiness.

30 Free Social Bookmarking Tools For Teachers

  1. SymbalooeduOrganize and Share the best of the web with your students. Organize teaching resources all in one place. Encourage student to student communications. Promote innovation while maintaining simplicity in teaching.
  2. PearltreesA place to collect, organize and share everything you like on the web. Add everything you like and organize it naturally. Enrich your collections and collaborate on your favorite topics. Discover millions of pearls to your interests.
  3. 19 pencilsDiscover resources for your PreK-12 students from teachers around the world. Save thumbnails of web resources to a class page for easy student access.
  4. A1-WebmarksA1-Webmarks is a free service that combines the convenience of a personal webmark server with the power of social webmarking.
  5. All my favoritesShare your internet bookmarks. AllMyFavorites is free for personal use.
  6. BibSonomyBibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature. Why dont you try it yourself? Collect, organise, and share bookmarks and publications.
  7. BookmarkGSave and share interesting sites and articles
  8. has been called "The online personal, group and social bookmarks manager."
  9. DeliciousDiscover, remember, and showcase your passions from around the web.
  10. Diigo Education EditionDiigo is a powerful online research tool and collaborative research platform that integrates several key technologies, including social bookmarking, web annotation, tagging, and group-based collaboration, to enable a whole new process of online knowledge management and participatory learning in the 21st century.
  11. EdshelfReviews & recommendations of tools for education. edshelf is a directory of websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs that are rated & reviewed by parents & educators, for parents & educators. We help you find the right educational tools for your specific needs.
  12. EvernoteRemember everything. Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. Search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.
  13. GivealinkShare your bookmarks with the community and help others navigate the Web. Use the GiveALink visualization tool to visualize and organize your bookmarks.Play the GiveALink games to create social links across the Web.
  14. Historioushistorious saves you time by helping you find webpages you saw before. Bookmark sites with a single click, then find them again by searching for any word in the content of the page!
  15. allows you to upload, and keep, your bookmarks on the web. You can access them at any time, from any computer... anywhere!
  16. Jog The WebJOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. Its step by step approach of taking viewers through web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each page is unique.
  17. Learn FizzFind, organize and share the best free learning on the web.
  18. linkaGoGoThe free Online Favorites manager and Social Bookmarking application. Storing your Bookmarks (also known as Favorites, Anchors, Links or Hotlists) online. Your bookmarks are available on any computer with access to the Internet, protected by a password. So you can access them from everywhere, not only from home, but also from work, when you are visiting friends, when you are traveling etc.
  19. LivebinderCollect your resources. Organize them neatly and easily. Make an impression
  20. NetvibesEverything that matters to you, all in one dashboard. Netvibes is a personalized dashboard publishing platform for the Web and digital life aggregation.
  21. NetvouzNetvouz is a social bookmarking service that allows you to save your favorite links online and access them from any computer, wherever you are.
  22. PinboardSocial Bookmarking for Introverts. Pinboard is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site. No ads, no fluff.
  23. PinterestA content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard.
  24. RedditUser-generated news links. Votes promote stories to the front page.
  25. Save ThisSave links to your favorite web pages from any site. Access your links from any computer or Web enabled wireless device. Organize your saved links into folders that you create. Share your saved links or folders with friends.
  26. SharetivityShare, Save and Search. Your social network enhances your search experience
  27. SmubSmub is the bookmarking, link-sharing & bookmark management tool for smartphones and any PC or Mac.
  28. StumbleuponStumbleUpon is the easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the Web. We make the best recommendations just for you.
  29. TwoBrainsTwo Brains is an application that approaches the learning process in a different way. The application is built around goals, because in the end that's what you truly care about
  30. Vi.sualize.usBookmark the pictures you like around the web. Enjoy people's favorite images

14 Online Bibliography and Citation Tools For Teachers

  1. CitationGenerator -It's cloud-based, ad-free and quick (and easy) to use!
  2. Citation Machine - FreeCitation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources
  3. Citefast - FreeCite your work at APA, MLA, and Chicago without leaving in three easy steps. Your citations will be kept as long as you keep visiting the site. After four days of inactivity your citations will be deleted.
  4. Citelighter - FreeStore, organize, and share your education and research for free. Creating internet-research bibliographies can be infuriating to say the least, so Citelighter grabs all relevant info to create accurate citations for you. Anything we miss you can add yourself, and we'll save your additions for future users.
  5. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Citation Wizard - FreeOffer three Citation Styles: APA, CSE, formerly known as CBE, and MLA. All feature specific templates for citing online Journals, Web pages with and without authors, electronic Books and Databases.
  6. Oregon Public Education Citation Maker for MLA - FreeDo you need to cite your sources? You can use this tool to create a Works Cited list of research sources following the MLA and APA standard citation formats.
  7. Recipes4Success - FreeCreating a complete and correctly formatted citation is a challenge for many students, especially documenting sources such as art and music that aren't included in traditional citation formats. Create a citation formatted in either APA or MLA style. Students will still need to completely document the information, but the Citation Maker will format it for them.
  8. RefDot - Chrome Extension - FreeMaking citation easy. Cite and store books or journal references. Add books automatically from amazon book pages. Cite books, journals and sites with this handy little extension.
  9. Zotero - FreeZotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. Whether you need to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies, Zotero will do all the dirty work for you, leaving you free to focus on your writing. Create citations in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor and add references to an email, a Google Doc, or some other editor simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero.
  10. EndNoteEndNote enables you to move seamlessly through your research process with flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing your research, creating your bibliography and writing your paper. You'll save hours building and maintaining reference libraries and creating bibliographies. With unique features to maximize your time like automatically finding full text and updating records, EndNote lets you spend less time in the details.
  11. NoodleToolsA powerful, integrated platform for research & literacy. NoodleTools is your instructional partner for differentiated teaching of literacy skills, critical analysis, sound reasoning, and collaborative group research.
  12. ReferenceME - Android AppBetter essays, faster! Simply scan the barcode of a book using your mobile phone camera, and ReferenceME will create your bibliography and citations in moments. If there is no barcode you can find the book's ISBN or simply enter the details yourself, and turn them into references in any of the major styles used by universities and libraries. ReferenceME creates Bibliographies and Citations/Footnotes for Harvard, Chicago, Vancouver, MHRA, MLA, Oxford and APA.
  13. RefWorksRefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

13 Free Sticky Notes Tools For Teachers

  1. CorkboardRemember and share what's important to you. Collaborate with others on a single Corkboard. Post and access on your computer or on-the-go. Organize your postings into Corkboards. Share what you post on your Facebook wall and get notified of new comments on your postings.
  2. Hott NotesFree sticky notes reminders for your desktop. A simple, easy-to-use sticky notes software for Windows.
  3. LinoitSticky and Photo sharing for you. A free sticky and canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser.
  4. ListingsOnline sticky notes. Take notes from your browser. Share and collaborate with others in real-time. Reach your notes from anywhere. Super fast, free and ridiculously easy.
  5. Notepad2A fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. This program can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your system's registry.
  6. PadletPadlet gives you a blank page (a wall) and you put anything you want on it, anywhere. Perhaps the easiest site for children to use. Pose questions, get their answers, and give them feedback - all on the same page.
  7. ScrumblrScrumblr is a web-based simulation of a physical agile sprint board that supports real-time collaboration.
  8. Simple Sticky NotesWhat is Simple Sticky Notes? It's a simple, easy-to-use, absolutely free, fast and efficient note taking software.
  9. SpaazeSpaaze (pronounced "space") offers it's users so called boards. Each board is an infinite space which resembles a virtual cork. On these boards, items can be put. Currently Spaaze offers 7 different items: Labels, Notes, Bookmarks, Images, Files, Videos and HTML. These items can be edited in place, moved via drag and drop and positioned freely on the board. Therefore it's possible to arrange a bunch of items any way you like, which makes it possible to use it for many different use cases.
  10. StickiesStickies is a PC utility. Just like a real sticky piece of paper: Once on screen, stickies will remain where placed until closed, even through reboots. Stickies appearance can be customised; fonts, colours and buttons may be changed, and styles saved. Stickies can be resized and store text or images. Stickies can snap to each other and to the sides of the screen to keep them neatly lined up. Stickies can be attached to a web site, document or folder so they only show when it's on screen, and much more...
  11. StickrWith Stickr you can create streams, subscribe to your friends’ feeds, form and join groups, follow people you like, leave private comments. Stickr feed can be embedded to your homepage or blog, your account can be associated with accounts on other social networking sites.
  12. StickyPadStickyPad is an invaluable, easy-to-use tool that lets you place sticky notes on your desktop. You can type notes to yourself, set meeting and appointment reminders, keep track of a to-do list, and anything else you would do with paper notes.
  13. StixyStixy helps users organize their world on flexible, shareable Web-based bulletin boards called Stixyboards. Unlike most personal productivity or project management software, Stixy doesn’t dictate how users should organize their information. Users can create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks on their Stixyboards, organized in whatever way makes sense to them.

30 Free Photo and Image Editing Tools For Teachers

  1. Aviary A better photo editing solution for web and mobile.
  2. Cacoo Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. Cacoo can be used free of charge.
  3. Chart ChooserWe've rebuilt our favorite tool for improving Excel and PowerPoint with HTML5 goodness. Use the filters above to find the right chart type for your needs. Then download as Excel or PowerPoint templates and insert your own data.
  4. ChartGizmoWith your free account from ChartGizmo you can now create charts for your website, blog and social network profiles.
  5. ChartToolCharts and graphs are a great tool because they communicate information visually. On you can design and share your own graphs online and for free.
  6. CoSketchCoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.
  7. Creately100's of thoughtful features to make creately diagramming quick and natural, its a joy to use.
  8. Creative Docs.netCreative Docs .NET is a vector-based graphic design tool with support for rich text, ideal to quickly write short documents, manuals, posters, illustrations, schemas, plans, flow charts, and much more.
  9. diagram.lyDraw Diagrams Online, free. is an online diagramming application and github project. It features the full range of visual configuration you expect, as well as web application features such as a full range of export options, a large collection of icons, real-time collaboration and embedded widget sharing.
  10. DoppelMeWith DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web. It's free and there are no Flash, ActiveX controls, downloads or toolbars needed - just your browser and a few mouse clicks. That's it!
  11. Flash PAINTThis is an online full paint application. Draw online with paint tool. Save on your disk your drawings and send your drawing to the public gallery.
  12. is an online multi-user, real-time collaboration flow charts service. It's Flowcharting made easy.
  13. Gickr.comInstantly create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Just upload pictures or grab them from your Flickr.
  14. GlogsterLooking for a new way to express yourself? Mash up music, photos, videos, & more to express what you care about. Your ideas, your emotions, your Glogster. Glogster costs 10 seconds to sign up. That’s it! Everything on Glogster is free & always will be.
  15. GoAnimateMake Amazing Animated Videos! Use our Video Maker to create videos for free.
  16. Google SketchUpIntuitive and fun to use. Re-imagine your living space. Model buildings for Google Earth. Use SketchUp for free.
  17. InkscapeAn Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  18. Paint.NETSimple, intuitive, and innovative user interface. Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance.
  19. PencilPencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.
  20. PhotoPeachOur idea is to help you tell better stories online using photos. With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
  21. PicMarkrFree Watermark. Add Custom Watermark with PicMarkr! PicMarkr lets you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your images online and free.
  22. PixlrWelcome to the most popular online photo editor in the world...
  23. ReshadeHere you can resize images maintaining quality, edges and texture. This means Reshade reduces or eliminates most of the usual side-effects of photo enlargement.
  24. Rich Chart LiveCreate for free enjoyable and captivating Flash Charts from your web browser.
  25. Roxio PhotoShowMake Free Photo Slideshow. It's so easy that just about anyone can tell an engaging, one-of-a-kind PhotoShow story in just minutes!
  26. Slidestory Combine sharing pictures and narration and what do you get? Slidestory! Slidestory is a new, exciting and FREE way to make presentations and share them on the Internet.
  27. SplashupSplashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With the features professionals use and novices want, it's easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once.
  28. SUMO PaintWeb's best image app, hands down! Our editor is full of unique features that let you unleash your creativity.
  29. ToondooWorld's fastest way to create cartoons!
  30. VokiVoki is a FREE service that lets you create customized avatars. Add voice to your Voki avatars. Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile. Take advantage of Voki's learning resources.

17 Free Testing and Quizzing Tool For Teachers

  1. ClassMarkerClassMarker's secure, professional web-based testing service is an easy-to-use, customizable online test maker for business, training & educational assessment with tests and quizzes graded instantly - saving hours of paperwork!
  2. ClassToolsCreate free games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!
  3. Easy Test MakerEasyTestMaker is a free online test generator to help you create your tests. You can create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections.
  4. Hot Potatoes You can choose from the following six types of questions to create your interactive quiz: crossword, multiple-choice, short-answer, gap-fill, matching/ordering and jumbled-sentence.
  5. iQuiz MakeriQuiz Maker is an easy way for you to create custom quizzes for the iQuiz game for the iPod. iQuiz Maker works seamlessly so you can write, create, package your very own quizzes. Download the free application today to begin putting the world to the test.
  6. ProProfs Quiz SchoolCreate Online Tests & Quizzes Easily. Over 100,000 quizzes created. Over 1 million quiz takers.
  7. QuandaryQuandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it.
  8. QuedocOur quiz software not only plays quizzes, interactive lessons and revision aids; it also helps you create your own learning content and work cooperatively with others in the process of authoring.
  9. Quiz RevolutionMake Free Facebook Quizzes and Free Online Quizzes. Interactive Multimedia Quizzes That Can Be Embedded On Any Site.
  10. YacapacaIf you are a teacher you can use 15,000 quizzes in every subject or you can create quizzes, surveys, tests, eportfolios and more.
  11. FunnelBrainFunnelBrain gives you and your friends a new way to learn. You can form study teams, play games, take quizzes, and show off your intellectual prowess. It's fun, it's free and you'll do better in class.
  12. JeopardyJeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake.
  13. EdgamesUse games to enhance your classroom teaching! On this site you will find more than just one or two games, we have categories of games for all types of classrooms.
  14. QuizSlidesThe easy way to create stylish, interactive online test!
  15. What2LearnThe fun and effective way to learn. Play some of our thousands of revision games and quizzes or make your own. Whether you are revising for examinations and tests such as GCSE and SATs, or simply looking for a powerful and engaging way to develop literacy and understanding, register today and start the learning fun.

15 Free Web Conferencing Tools For Teachers

  1. AnyMeetingAnyMeeting is free with ads. It allows for meetings of up to 200 people, and has essential functionality like screen sharing, VoIP and phone conferencing, meeting recording and it even has a follow-up functionality.
  2. BigBlueButtonBigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.
  3. Google+ HangoutWould you like to see, hear, and share information to your online learners. With Google+ Hangouts you can have a video group chat for up to 10 people for free! It is a powerful tool much better than a Web Chat.
  4. is a online service that enables teams to collaborate on tomorrows solutions in real-time. Share knowledge, collect ideas, analyze and decide.
  5. Meetin.GsUnlimited meetings with 6 participants/meeting, material exchange, agenda & notes, 5MB size limit per file, and Skype integration.It’s also a great place to edit documents together with a group and anyone can mail-in notes and other materials via email.
  6. MeetingBurnerHost up to 10 webinar attendees for FREE with no ads - forever! Instantly share your screen with anybody. Works with iPhones, iPads, and Android Phones. You’ll also get analytics for your meetings so that you can see how your guests interact with your content.
  7. MikogoScreen sharing has never been so easy! Have an online meeting, give a presentation, or provide remote support with Mikogo. Sign up today and see how simple online meetings can be!
  8. ShowDocumentShowDocument lets you do quick and easy real-time collaboration with others with no software required.
  9. is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate with text documents, useful for meeting notes, brainstorming, project planning, training, and more.
  10. TokBox Video ChatTokBox makes it easy to add video chat to your site using either the OpenTok API or OpenTok Widgets.
  11. TwiddlaMark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.
  12. VyewVyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.
  13. WebHuddleMeetings can be conducted either in conjunction with an enterprise’s existing teleconferencing service, or utilizing WebHuddle’s optional voice over IP.
  14. YugmaYugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others. To start hosting your own meetings, sign up today for FREE. Your Yugma Free web conferencing account allows you to invite up to 1 attendees with 30 minutes meeting limitations.
  15. Zoho MeetingGet started with online meetings, start sharing your desktop to anyone, anywhere at any time.

15 Free Authoring Tools For Teachers

  1. Easygenerator Easygenerator provides cloud-based eLearning authoring software. Easygenerator enables instructional designers and subject matter experts to rapidly create the most engaging courses that have the highest learning impact. Easygenerator is affordable, easy to use, and future proof. Simply create, design and publish your eLearning courses. Used and loved by 5000+ users in more than 120 countries in both enterprises and universities. Easygenerator’s headquarter is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  2. LCDSThe Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a free tool that enables the Microsoft Learning community to create high-quality, interactive, online courses and Microsoft Silverlight Learning Snacks.
  3. SmartBuilderSmartBuilder is the award-winning course authoring tool that enables you to create rich Flash e-learning with an easy-to-use interface.
  4. The Multimedia Learning Object Authoring ToolThe Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object.
  5. authorPOINT  authorPOINT is an authoring tool that allows users to capture presentations and add pre-recorded audio/video, all inside of Microsoft PowerPoint. authorGEN also offers authorPOINT Lite, which converts PowerPoint presentations to Flash.
  6. DipityFrom what we can glean from their website, Dipity is an online timeline creator. Users, known as Dipsters, can create their own content on subjects that are meaningful to them and share them with other users. Dipsters can also integrate social media into their timeline, utilizing real-time updates.
  7. Document Suite 2008Document Suite 2008 is an authoring tool that helps transform documents into online help modules.
  8. IzzuiIzzui is a hybrid social learning application that can be linked with QuickLessons. Izzui uses Facebook as an LMS to track and deliver courses. Izzui also has an e-Commerce capability allowing users to charge and pay for courses that they have created.
  9. JackdawJackdaw produces SCORM 1.2 compliant content that is easily integrated into any LMS. Users can create interactive content either from scratch or with the the help of over 100 templates. Jackdaw also lets users create content that they can then sell on the Open Elms web-store.
  10. LessonWriterFrom what we can gather from their website, LessonWriter is a tool for teachers that allows them to create lessons from any passage. These courses allow teachers to be creative with their lesson plans and also saves them a great deal of time.
  11. MOS SoloMOS Solo offers a way for users to create content on the go without having to rely on a constant Internet connection. Even though they are using an offline content creation tool, they do not lose any of the functionality or power to create their multimedia content.
  12. myUdutuA free online authoring tool with a suite of WSIWYG tools, allowing users to create courses in an approachable environment. Claims to export SCORM 1.2/2004 conformant courses to be used in a 3rd party LMS or integrate into social media sites, such as Facebook.
  13. QuickLessons Authoring ToolQuickLessons was built from the ground up to be a completely SaaS based content authoring tool, requiring the user to only have access to a web-browser. QuickLessons comes equipped with quizzes, games, characters, out-of-the-box animations and other customizable content to allow users to create truly unique and interactive flash-based content to meet their needs. Users can either use QuickLessons for free, publishing their content only to Facebook, or they can buy an individual, corporate or academic account.
  14. ScratchFrom what we can gather from their website, Scratch is a creative tool that helps users create content that is beyond the barriers of traditional page-turners. Scratch users can create interactive stories, animation, music, and art, then share their creations on the web.
  15. xtimelinextimeline is a tool that allows users to create timeline based content for free. Users can also share their timelines with other users, creating a community.

Free Annotation Tools For Teachers

  1. Diigo It’s one of the most commonly used free web annotation tools which lets you bookmark and tag web pages. In addition to that, you would also be able to highlight a part of a webpage if you wish to emphasize something and attach sticky notes to it. Its advanced search allows you to rummage through the text of pages you have bookmarked which includes tags, titles, URLs and even your own comments and highlights. One of the best features of Diigo is your ability to comment on other users’ notes which can be set to either public or private.
  2. A.nnotate A.nnotate is not just a free annotation tool but also a collaboration and indexing tool. It can be used to catalogue images and other document formats. It also makes it easier for you to work with a group especially when documents are needed to be sent through email back and forth because of comments of different users. With the use of A.nnotate, you can simply create a single read-only copy of your document and share it with whomever you like so you could all comment on it. Another good thing about it is, it is very easy to use and it works fine in commonly used web browsers without you having to install software or plug ins. You may sign up for a free account which gives you credits for annotating 30 items every month, anything above that will require payment.
  3. Bounce App Bounce app is a very simple free annotation tool that works just as effectively as others in the market. You simply log on to their website, enter the URL of the webpage you’d like to comment on and then click on Grab Screenshot. Voila! You’ll have a screenshot of that webpage and you’re now ready to comment on it by dragging the mouse and creating red boxes (like the one you see below). These red boxes are labelled with another box that contains your name and has a space for your comments. One of the best features of Bounce is that you can share your feedback on either Facebook or Twitter and let your friends see it.
  4. Crocodoc Crocodoc Personal is a free annotation tool used for commenting on documents. Simply log on to their website, upload a PDF file, Office Doc or image, modify it using Crocodoc tools which allow you to highlight, draw or comment on it. When you’re done, click on Share button at the upper right hand corner of the page and send the link to whomever you’d like to share the document with. You may share it through copying the link and sending it through email or IM, or you may even embed it on your blog or website. However, if you would like to store your files or view your upload history, you have to sign up for a Crocodoc account but you need not worry because this app is absolutely for free.
  5. Markup allows you to draw on any webpage using built in tools. Simply go to their website, drag the icon located at the lower right hand corner of the page to the bookmark bar of your browser.

Free Video Tools For Teachers

  1. Ezvid Ezvid is a 100% free video creation tool that allows you to capture everything that appears on your computer screen. It also allows you to edit your recorded videos by splitting your recordings, inserting text and audio, controlling the speed and even drawing directly on your screen. There’s also a Gaming Mode specially designed for gamers to avoid black screen problems when recording games such as Diablo III and Call of Duty which are full screen games. You can save your edited videos for later use or you may directly upload them on YouTube.
  2. BlueBerry Flashback Express Recorder This recorder just, like other screencast tools, enables you to capture your screen while recording yourself through a webcam.  It introduces quite a long list of features that will let you edit videos like a pro. BB Flashback Express Recorder also has a very easy user interface that allows you to decide what area of your screen you would like to capture and whether to record sound and web activity or not. Another good thing about it is that you can have scheduled recordings so you wouldn’t have to miss online events.  It also includes a player which works like a VCR and allows you to review your recording frame-by-frame.
  3. ScreenrScreenr is a web-based screen recorder. Yes, you read it right. It’s web-based so that means, you wouldn’t have to install it on your computer but it requires Java to run. Screenr allows you to easily capture your screen by logging on to their website, clicking on the record button and keeping it open while you are capturing your screen activity.  Keep in mind that you only have a maximum of 5 minutes per recording. Files are saved on the site. When you’re finished, you’ll be given a link that can be easily shared by email or can be embedded on websites. It’s absolutely free, works on both MAC and PC and will work even on your iPhone.
  4. Rylstim Screen Recorder Rylstim is a very simple and easy to use Screen Recorder which, aside from capturing your screen, also allows you to record events happening on the monitor including right and left clicks. It has a minimalistic and intuitive interface but supports multiple CODECs. You can also customize the video frame rates. Rylstim Screen Recorder works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows
  5. Krut Krut is a screencast tool that works in almost any Operating system and requires Java to run. It’s a very simple program with only 3 basic controls: Record, Snap for still pictures, and the Arrow button used to adjust the borders of your recording area. It’s very minimalist without all those complicated features that other screencast tools offer, but it can be powerful too because of some additional features such as timer-controlled recording. You can also use it for recording streaming video and audio.
  6. CamStudioCamStudio is a pretty straightforward program that lets you record your screen and audio and produce outputs in AVI or SWF format. It enables annotation such as text and call out inserts and even provides you some cursor options such as default, hidden or highlighted, which should be carefully laid out prior to recording. You have some video options too which lets you control compression, frame rates , quality and time lapse but aside from that, you can’t really do much with the video because it doesn’t include editing capabilities.
  7. Webineria Webineria is an open-source easy-to-use screencast tool which lets you capture your screen activity and do “picture-in-picture” video by adding your webcam stream. It provides you 3 frame rate options: 5, 10 and 15 frames per second and outputs can be produced in either AVI or FLV format. It has built in features too that let you adjust the boundaries of your record area, use hotkeys to pause and resume recording. Outputs are saved on the site and can be shared via email links or embedding on websites.
  8. Screen-O-MaticScreencast-O-Matic is a screencast tool which has both web-based and desktop versions. It’s very easy to use and will run so long as you have Java installed on your computer. It has free video hosting and allows you to record your screen or both your screen and webcam. You may also publish your output directly to YouTube. The free versions of Screencast-O-Matic has limited features though. For instance, there’s a 15-minute recording time limit, there’s a small watermark when recording, it doesn’t allow webcam-only recording and it doesn’t allow you to zoom and annotate while recording.

6 Free PDF Tools For Teachers

  1. Adobe Reader XIAdobe Reader is a trusted high quality tool that allows you to view and print your PDF files. It also lets you interact with PDF content, including multimedia. Other features covered are adding and verifying digital signature, annotating on PDF pages, creating and filling out PDF forms, and printing out these documents.
  2. Doro PDF Writer by CompSoftDoro PDF Writer is very easy to use and is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t have all the other options that other PDF tools have but it works great in printing PDF files. It is installed as a virtual print driver and converts any printable document or image to PDF format. It can be powerful too as it lets you set the author name and even protect it with a password before conversion. Just select it from the program’s setting menu before printing a PDF document and it will launch and provide you the option to change the document’s metadata. On top of those mentioned is the ability to enable and disable copying, pasting and printing functions of the document. It is compatible with XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.
  3. BullZip PDF Printer by BioPDFBullZip is another PDF tool that works as a virtual print driver and uses Ghostscript to convert documents. Like Doro, it also allows you to convert printable document or image to PDF format but on top of that, it also lets you add watermarks, merge PDF files and even add protection to your PDF files. It is free for up to 10 users and offers installation of promotional, third party components. You may check the guidelines here.
  4. PDFTK BuilderThis is an open source PDF tool used which allows you to easily reorder or merge selected pages. It is also capable of splitting and rotating pages and adding stamp and encryption to your file. Aside from those mentioned it doesn’t offer too much and even lacks the basic function of watermarking with background text.
  5. PDFill PDF ToolThis is probably one of the most user-friendly free PDF tools that offer you so many features. It provides the most important functions such as merging, splitting, reordering, rotating and cropping pages and even allows you to add headers, footers and watermarks. It also offers additional features such as encrypting and decrypting security options, and deleting, flattening and adding form fields. It requires GhostScript and Java to run.
  6. jPDF Tweak It can be a good choice when you want to get as many features as you can in just one application.  It lets you merge, split, reorder and rotate pages, and add watermarks and encryption too.  You can also digitally sign PDF documents using it. There are features for attaching files to PDF and editing metadata as well. jPDF Tweak requires Java 5, or even higher, to run. It uses iText library to manipulate PDF documents and JGoodies Forms for its GUI.

34 Sites To Download Royalty Free and Creative Commons Music For Teachers

  1. Archive’s audio and MP3 library This library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.
  2. ArtistServer Free independent music, 11,000 mp3 downloads by more than 10,000 artists.
  3. Audiofarm It´s the best and easiest way to find new and interesting music, audio recordings, people and friends from around the world.
  4. Audionautix All music in this online collection created by Jason Shaw.  Released under Creative Commons license 3.0 You are free to use the music (even for commercial purposes) as long as you credit “Music from -”OR provide a link to this website from yours. Music must be part of some other created works. No further permission is required.
  5. BeatPick Creative Commons licenses allow the use of music for free for non-commercial projects, provided that users credit your name in association with their multimedia projects. Thus, we provide music for free for scholastic and socially involved projects, while we require that governmental funded ones pay a licensing fee. For personal use, we encourage our users to buy the albums/EPs from our site. To obtain the download of the required files, all projects must provide us with their name, e-mail and project description, allowing us to control that they are indeed entitle to such uses.
  6. Brainy Betty Free Sound Clips and Music for Presentations!
  7. Bump Foot Bump Foot is a non-profit netlabel in Japan. There are two main branches. Bump side : techno and house, or based on them. Foot side : ambient, IDM, or etc... other than bump side.You are free: to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to Remix - to adapt the work.
  8. CASH MusicCASH Music is a non-profit organization that hosts digital tools for musicians and labels to share their music. The digital tool allows for uploads and downloads of songs and sharing is made easy.
  9. ccMixter Looking for music for a video, school project, game you’re developing, podcast or just for listening in your cubicle or mobile music device? Find exactly the music you’re looking for - podsafe, liberally licensed - using dig.ccMixter Music Discovery tool.
  10. CCTrax All showcased music is available under one of the six Creative Commons licenses. They authorize free music download and enable the artists to promote their music while protecting their rights.
  11. DanoSongs Hi, I'm Dan-O and I post my original music as free MP3 downloads here on You can listen to the songs online or download the tracks. It's also legal to use the music royalty free in your video, game, film, presentation, slideshow or website.
  12. FMA The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.  The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.  Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
  13. Freeplay Music Library Freeplay's first product, the Freeplay Music Library, is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via our Portable Hard Drive.
  14. FreeSFXDownload free sound effects.Stuart Duffield has been creating audio professionally for 18 years. Having worked predominately in the Games Industry, he has produced a wide range of audio for various worldwide clients and numerous high profile projects. Based in the UK, Stuart has a history of synthesising, recording, designing, processing and editing audio of all types. Having worked in-house for a number of major Game Developers, Stuart currently works on a freelance / contract basis. This involves audio design, music composition and voice production in various forms - for Games, Animation, TV and Film.
  15. Freesound Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.
  16. iBeat Free Beats – Download beats, loops, breaks and samples Free beats, loops, and breaks - iBeat – pushing beats, loops and breaks since 2007. Free under Creative Commons licensing.
  17. Incompetech Incompetech hosts a wide variety of royalty free music. You can browse their selection by genre or feel. "Feel" would include things like: Action, Relaxed, Intense or Humorous; you can select a combination of ‘Feels’ and it will check its database for selection matches. Clips can be played on the website and instantly downloaded as well.
  18. Jamendo370,000 tracks.Free music for all. Enjoy unlimited music, it's completely free and legal.
  19. JewelBeat Free Background Music. Easily search thru over 4,000 free background music and sound effects simply by using keywords. No need to download to preview - just type in keywords, listen immediately then download what you need! Start searching for free background music.
  20. Josh Woodward  Yes, you can freely download, share and use all 180+ of Josh Woodward songs.
  21. Kompoz Kompoz is an online community that prides in collaboration between artists from all over the world. Artists post their clips on the website where anyone can download it and use it for their own productions. They can also add their own instruments or creative mix to the original clip and upload it on the website again.
  22. LifeSounds  LifeSounds works on the integration of music throughout the curriculum. Their desire is to build each individuals’ ability to strengthen their emotional intelligence and to encourage understanding between people.
  23. Musopen Set music FREE. Musopen ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
  24. Orphan Songs The Orphan Songs website is running by Carl-Otto Johansson. Most of the music here is free to download and use. (Creative Commons).
  25. PacDV This is a small database of free audio clips organised by mood or emotion such as: Warm, Loving, Serious or Lonely.
  26. Partners in Rhyme Royalty free music libraries for you to download and start using right away in your commercial projects. These high quality music tracks will make your projects more effective and sound more professional.
  27. Public Domain 4U Great Historical Music Recordings, Free to Download, Play, and Share. Our musical heritage is our culture. The Past should be appreciated, not neglected. These artists are so unique, they should never be forgotten. This site is designed for your musical edification. This site can not grant any commercial uses of this material.
  28. Purple Planet Free Collection of Royalty Free Music available for download, composed and performed by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn Music can be used free of charge for web-based projects e.g. YouTube (see 'Using Our Music' for more info) in exchange for a link to our site. Donations are welcome!
  29. Restorm This is  a platform to sell music to the public. Also, you can download some of their free selection of music just by creating an account.
  30. Royalty Free Music Library Royalty Free Music Library is proud to offer one of the largest offerings of online broadcast-quality royalty free music anywhere on the web. Download royalty free music from 3 of the top royalty free catalogs online:
    1. Royalty Free Music Revolution - The definitive royalty free music catalog with over 1000 songs from some of the top composers in the industry.
    2. Radical Music Library - Royalty free music with cutting edge productions and "indie" attitude. Created by professional composers with a long list of film and television credits.
    3. Mojo Music Library - An offering of top- notch royalty free music with broader coverage on each CD for those who need a bit wider coverage for their budget.
  31. SampleSwap Creative Commons Licensed Electronic Music for Commercial and Non-Commercial Royalty-Free use(Free professional-quality MP3s for DJ'ing, film scores, radio, TV, video games, podcasting, etc.). These pre-cleared songs were uploaded by artists at under a variety of Creative Commons licenses. Please be sure to read the licensing information for each track carefully before using any of this music.
  32. Sonnyboo 40 completely free pieces of music. For each and every single song below, all you have to do is credit the songwriter - Peter John Ross ( and the music is your to use for free.
  33. SoundCloud SoundCloud is a website where artists share their new tracks to the world. There is a section under Creative Commons license where you can download other people’s tracks. You can stream the available clips and it takes just a simple click to get the MP3 file without any registration.
  34. Stock Music Boutique Stock Music Boutique library offers high quality royalty-free production music. All tracks have full music clearance ready for instant buy out. Find a track you like and use it forever at no extra cost.

17 Free Stock Photos Sites For Teachers

  1. is a repository for free public domain photos. You can download high quality photos, upload your own pictures, earn money to charity, get exposure and gain popularity and improve your photographic and graphic skills.
  2. FreeImages is not just another clipart graphic site!....  more than 6000 original stock photos all for FREE! Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photographic images for use by all. All images in their collection are free to use on websites and printed materials.
  3. is made up of 132232 images with 182 sections organized into 3630 categories.
  4. Free stock photos, easy to download, easy to browse. Use them for commercial or personal design projects of any kind! Some are even public domain, so you can use those for whatever you want. Whether you're looking for free stock designs for your project, free stock photography for your next big design or something in-between, is your resource for quick downloads!
  5. FreePixels offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects.
  6. Nearly 100% of their Royalty Free Stock Photos are Free Download. Every image is absolutely free, with some more options to buy individual higher resolutions. They can be used either for private or commercial purposes. In exchange, we only ask you to use the images according to our Licensing.
  7. The SXC (stock.xhng) is a website providing free-to use stock photography and illustrations. The stock.xhng operates as a hybrid of a picture library site and a social networking site; registered users may set up a personal profile, upload their photographic works to share with other users, write a blog and participate in online forums to discuss and critique each others' work.
  8. The 4 Free Photos is an online community of photographers who enjoy taking pictures and decided to share them with the public to use them for free in their private or commercial projects. They  hope you will find the collection of free and public domain images useful.
  9. Morgue File is an easy to use free photo siteFree images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
  10. From Free Digital Photos you can download royalty free photos and illustrations for websites, newspapers, magazines, video and TV productions, iPhone applications, PowerPoint presentations, forums, blogs and school work.
  11. Turbo Photo offers Free stock images from 10 categories (3.4 GB). Stock images are in the public domain.
  12. If you are a designer you can download high resolution RF stock images for free from Dreams Time. If you are a photographer you have the opportunity to achieve a great portfolio exposure by offering free images.
  13. Image * After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.
  14. In Public Domain Photos you can access 5,000 free photos, 8,000 free cliparts. All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial.
  15. The photos in the Flickr Free Use Photos Group are available for use by anyone. There is no need to give credit or to fear rights infringement. These images are posted by their creators. By posting to this group, you're allowing freedom of use.
  16. Free photos and clip art from Microsoft Office Online
  17. Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free, without advertising, and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

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Một website được xây dựng với giao diện giống trang ngân hàng điện tử của Vietcombank nhưng khi truy cập người dùng có thể bị đánh cắp tài khoản.

Khi truy cập trang web có địa chỉ http://home... .com, người dùng sẽ được chuyển đến một trang có thiết kế rất giống website Internet banking của Vietcombank. Tuy nhiên, ngân hàng này khẳng định đây không phải địa chỉ trực tuyến của họ và họ không có bất kỳ mối liên hệ nào với website trên. Vietcombank cho biết trang web xây dựng với giao diện tương tự của ngân hàng mục đích là nhằm lừa đảo người dùng.

Trang giả mạo giống giao diện dịch vụ internet banking của Vietcombank.

Trang giả mạo giống giao diện dịch vụ internet banking của Vietcombank.

Khi mở website này trên trình duyệt Chrome hay Firefox dành cho máy tính, trình duyệt cũng cảnh báo: "Trang lừa đảo phía trước" và chặn truy cập. Tính năng Google Safe Browsing cảnh báo rằng trang web http://home... .com có thể lừa người dùng làm các hành động nguy hiểm như cài đặt phần mềm hoặc tiết lộ thông tin cá nhân như tài khoản, mật khẩu, số thẻ tín dụng... Trình duyệt của Google cũng đưa ra cảnh báo màu đỏ nhằm nhấn mạnh mức độ nguy hiểm. Tuy nhiên, khi truy cập với trình duyệt web trên di động như Chrome hay Safari, người dùng đều được chuyển tới trang giả mạo mà không có bất kỳ cảnh báo nào được đưa ra.

Cảnh báo màu đỏ là mức cao nhất của Google Safe Browsing.

Cảnh báo màu đỏ là mức cao nhất của Google Safe Browsing.

"Hình thức lừa đảo trên được gọi là tấn công fishing, trong đó, kẻ đứng sau tạo ra trang giả mạo giống trang thật nhằm đánh cắp thông tin người dùng", chuyên gia bảo mật Phạm Đức Hùng, chia sẻ. "Nếu người dùng không để ý mà nhập tên tài khoản, mật khẩu trên đó, dữ liệu này sẽ bị chuyển đến kẻ tấn công".

Theo ông Hùng, tấn công fishing không mới nhưng vẫn nhiều người "cắn câu". Để phát tán trang giả mạo, kẻ tấn công có thể gửi email giả đến nạn nhân kèm theo thông báo như yêu cầu người dùng đăng nhập gấp để đổi mật khẩu, kiểm tra số dư tài khoản... Phần hiển thị có thể vẫn là địa chỉ thật nhưng khi bấm vào lại được chuyển đến trang giả mạo.

"Thực tế, ngay khi truy cập đến trang lừa đảo là người dùng đã có nguy cơ mất an toàn rồi chứ chưa cần đăng nhập", ông Hùng nhấn mạnh. "Một số chương trình độc hại có thể tự động tải về và cài đặt trên máy tính của nạn nhân mà họ không hay biết".

Chuyên giao bảo mật này khuyến cáo người dùng cần kiểm tra kỹ thông tin về đường link, website hay ứng dụng mà mình truy cập, tránh mở email hay bấm vào link không rõ nguồn gốc. Trong trường hợp cần đăng nhập, có thể gõ địa chỉ trang đích thay vì bấm vào liên kết trong email hay trên mạng xã hội.

Một lưu ý khác là phần lớn các website, dịch vụ trực tuyến hiện nay sử dụng kết nối "https", trong đó, phần đầu của thanh địa chỉ sẽ hiện biểu tượng khóa màu xanh. Trong khi đó các website giả mạo có thể không xuất hiện đặc điểm này.

Với việc phát hiện website giả mạo trên, Vietcombank đã gửi khuyến cáo tới người sử dụng. Ngoài ra, BIDV, Vietinbank cũng cảnh báo khách hàng về sự xuất hiện của các trang giả mạo ngân hàng và nếu phát hiện người dùng nên đổi mật khẩu cũng như báo với ngân hàng.

Tháng 8/2016, một khách hàng của Vietcombank thông báo mất khoảng nửa tỷ đồng trong đêm dù không thực hiện bất kỳ giao dịch nào. Kiểm tra của ngân hàng cho thấy khách hàng này có truy cập vào website giả mạo Vietcombank trước khi xảy ra vụ việc trên.

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Kubernetes TLS tweaks whet user appetite for easier management
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 05 October 2018 06:46 AM

Kubernetes TLS bootstrap improvements in version 1.12 tackle container management complexity, and users hope there's more where that came from.

IT pros have said Kubernetes TLS bootstrap is a step in the right direction, and they have professed hope that it's the first of many more to come.

Automated Transport Layer Security (TLS) bootstrap is now a stable, production-ready feature as of last week's release of Kubernetes 1.12 to the open source community. Previously, IT pros set up secure communication between new nodes, as they were added to a Kubernetes cluster separately and often manually. The Kubernetes TLS bootstrap feature automates the way Kubernetes nodes launch themselves into TLS-secured clusters at startup.

"The previous process was more complicated and error-prone. [TLS bootstrap] enables simpler pairing similar to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi push-button pairing," said Tim Pepper, a senior staff engineer at VMware and release lead for Kubernetes 1.12 at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Kubernetes maintainers predict this automation will discourage sys admins' previous workarounds to ease management, such as the use of a single TLS credential for an entire cluster. This workaround prevented the use of Kubernetes security measures that require each node to have a separate credential, such as node authorization and admission controls.

Kubernetes 1.12 pushed to beta a similarly automated process for TLS certificate requests and rotation once clusters are setup. Stable support for such long-term manageability tops Kubernetes users' wish list.

"TLS bootstrap helps, but doesn't completely automate the process of TLS handshakes between nodes and the Kubernetes master," said Arun Velagapalli, principal security engineer at Kabbage Inc., a fintech startup in Atlanta. "It's still a lot of manual work within the [command-line interface] right now."

Kubernetes TLS bootstrap automates TLS communication between Kubernetes nodes, but security in depth also requires Kubernetes TLS management between pods and even individual containers. This has prompted Kabbage engineers to explore the Istio service mesh and HashiCorp Vault for automated container security management.

Kubernetes management challenges linger

Industry analysts overwhelmingly agreed that Kubernetes is the industry standard for container orchestration. A 451 Research survey of 200 enterprise decision-makers and developers in North America conducted in March 2018 found 84% of respondents plan to adopt Kubernetes, rather than use multiple container orchestration tools.

Manually creating on-premises Kubernetes is not a simple ... If [ease of use came to] the default distro, I think that would help clients who are still sensitive about public cloud consider Kubernetes.
Chris Rileydirector of solutions architecture, cPrime Inc.

"It will take one to three years for most enterprises to standardize on Kubernetes, and we still see some use of Mesos, which has staying power for data-rich applications," said Jay Lyman, analyst at 451 Research. "But Kubernetes is well-timed as a strong distributed application framework for use in hybrid clouds."

Still, while many enterprises plan to deploy Kubernetes, IT experts questioned the extent of its widespread production use.

"A lot of people say they're using Kubernetes, but they're just playing around with it," said Jeremy Pullen, CEO and principal consultant at Polodis Inc., a DevSecOps and Lean management advisory firm in Tucker, Ga., which works with large enterprise clients. "The jury's still out on how many companies have actually adopted it, as far as I'm concerned."

The Kubernetes community still must make the container orchestration technology accessible to enterprise customers. Vendors such as Red Hat, Rancher and Google Cloud Platform offer Kubernetes distributions that automate cluster setup, but IT pros would like to see such features enter the standard Kubernetes upstream distribution, particularly for on-premises use.

"Manually creating on-premises Kubernetes is not a simple proposition, and the automation features for load balancers, storage, etc., are really public-cloud-centric," said Chris Riley, director of solutions architecture at cPrime Inc., an Agile software development consulting firm in Foster City, Calif. "If that same ease of use [came to] the default distro, I think that would help clients who are still sensitive about public cloud consider Kubernetes."

Kubernetes community leaders don't rule out this possibility as they consider the future of the project. Features in the works include the Kubernetes Cluster API and a standardized container storage interface slated for stable release by the end of 2018. Standardized and accessible cluster management is the top priority for the Kubernetes architecture special interest group.

"The question is, how many and which variations on [Kubernetes cluster management automation] does the community test there, and how do we curate the list we focus on?" Pepper said. "It becomes complicated to balance that. So, for now, we rely on service providers to do opinionated infrastructure integrations."

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Mạng xã hội Facebook với hơn 2 tỷ người dùng luôn là mục tiêu ưa thích trong các vụ tấn công của tin tặc. Nhiều người vẫn nghĩ rằng các “thủ thuật công nghệ” thần thánh như vượt tường lửa, dùng mã lệnh phá lớp phòng vệ ẩn sau dưới trang… là những cách tấn công tài khoản Facebook. Tuy nhiên, những thủ thuật được tin tặc thường xuyên sử dụng dưới đây lại đơn giản đến mức khó tin.

Là mục tiêu ưa thích của các cuộc tấn công mạng, tin tặc có rất nhiều thủ đoạn, phương thức để tấn công một tài khoản Facebook mà không cần phải sử dụng những hành động như trên phim. Bài viết dưới đây được trang Propet Hacker thực hiện, sẽ giới thiệu 10 phương thức thường được tin tặc sử dụng, và tất nhiên cũng là cách giúp người dùng tự bảo vệ sự an toàn của chính mình.

  1. Trang Facebook giả mạo (Facebook Phising):

Giả mạo (Phishing) là cách tấn công tài khoản Facebook nhằm đánh cắp mật khẩu phổ biến nhất, thường xuyên được các tin tặc sử dụng. Với việc giả mạo trang facebook, tin tặc sẽ tạo ra một trang hoàn toàn không thuộc quyền sở hữu của Facebook rồi lừa gạt người dùng nhập địa chỉ email và mật khẩu Facebook. Sau khi bấm đăng nhập, các thông tin trên sẽ được gửi về máy tính của những kẻ tấn công và tất nhiên chúng sẽ hoàn toàn khống chế Facebook của bạn bằng chính thông tin bạn đã nhập vào trước đó.

Trang giả mạo Facebook là thứ mà bạn gần như thấy hàng ngày trên mạng.

Trang giả mạo Facebook là thứ mà bạn gần như thấy hàng ngày trên mạng.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Không bao giờ đăng nhập vào Facebook trên một máy tính lạ.

– Đề phòng các bài viết lạ, khi truy cập thì yêu cầu đăng nhập lại vào Facebook.

– Không bao giờ mở các liên kết lạ được gửi bởi bạn bè thông qua Messenger.

– Hãy sử dụng Chrome, bởi nó được tích hợp công cụ chặn các trang web lừa đảo.

– Cài đặt các phần mềm diệt virus.

– Kiểm tra địa chỉ trang đăng nhập có đúng là hay không.

– Bật tính năng đăng nhập bằng 2 bước, cần có điện thoại để nhận mã xác nhận mỗi khi đăng nhập Facebook trên một máy tính lạ.

  1. Keylogging

Sử dụng Keylogging là một trong những phương pháp dễ dàng thực hiện nhất của tin tặc để tấn công tài khoản Facebook. Đây là phần mềm nhỏ, thường được bí mật cài đặt vào máy tính của bạn để ghi lại tất cả nội dung, ký tự được nhập vào từ bàn phím.

Bạn nhấn cái gì, tin tặc nhận được cái đấy.

Bạn nhấn cái gì, tin tặc nhận được cái đấy.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Cài đặt các phần mềm anti-virus.

– Đừng bao giờ đăng nhập Facebook trên một máy tính lạ.

– Luôn tải phần mềm từ trang web chính thức của chúng hoặc từ các nguồn tải có uy tín.

– Đừng tải về hoặc cài đặt các phần mềm không rõ nguồn gốc.

– Quét virus kỹ cho ổ USB trước khi truy cập.

  1. Xem lại danh sách mật khẩu đã lưu trên trình duyệt

Không cần phải có trình độ máy tính siêu phàm hay phải là chuyên gia mã hóa tầm cỡ, cách thức này cực kì đơn giản đến nỗi người bình thường cũng làm được. Mỗi khi đăng nhập vào một trang web mới, trình duyệt bạn đã sử dụng sẽ mở hộp thoại với câu hỏi bạn có muốn lưu lại mật khẩu hay không. Đây là tiện ích trên trình duyệt giúp bạn không cần nhập lại mật khẩu khi đăng nhập vào lần tiếp theo.

Tuy nhiên, mọi mật khẩu mà bạn đã lưu đều được lưu lại trên máy tính và có thể xem lại cực kì dễ dàng. Do đó, hầu như ai cũng có thể truy cập và xem chúng bằng máy tính của bạn thông qua đường dẫn: chrome://settings/passwords.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Hạn chế lưu lại mật khẩu từ trình duyệt.

– Cài mật khẩu bảo vệ cho Chrome.

– Cài mật khẩu cho máy tính.

  1. Tấn công từ điện thoại

Tin tặc có thể bí mật cài các phần mềm độc hại vào chiếc smartphone của bạn, nhất là trên hệ điều hành Android, nếu bạn không có các biện pháp bảo mật an toàn. Chúng sẽ theo dõi và lấy đi tất cả dữ liệu trong thiết bị khi bạn sử dụng, tất nhiên có cả mật khẩu Facebook. Và chỉ trong vòng tích tắc, tài khoản Facebook của bạn sẽ không cánh mà bay.

Tấn công vào điện thoại thông minh cũng là phương pháp thường được tin tặc sử dụng để đánh cắp thông tin quan trọng.

Tấn công vào điện thoại thông minh cũng là phương pháp thường được tin tặc sử dụng để đánh cắp thông tin quan trọng.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Sử dụng phần mềm diệt virus ưu tín như Trend Micro Security, Avast, BitDefender,…

– Đừng bao giờ cài các ứng dụng không rõ nguồn gốc.

– Luôn luôn kiểm tra điện thoại nếu có các ứng dụng đáng nghi ngờ hoặc hoạt động bất bình thường.

  1. Kỹ thuật xã hội phi công nghệ (Social Engineering)

Đơn giản là tin tặc sử dụng kỹ thuật này dành cho những tài khoản Facebook có mật khẩu dễ đoán. Nếu mật khẩu tài khoản Facebook của bạn có chứa ngày sinh, số điện thoại, tên công ty hay thậm chí là tên người thân, bạn gái của bạn, những kẻ tấn công có thể dễ dàng sử dụng thông tin đó để xâm nhập vào tài khoản của bạn.

Đặt mật khẩu càng đơn giản, bạn càng gặp nguy hiểm.

Đặt mật khẩu càng đơn giản, bạn càng gặp nguy hiểm.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Đừng bao giờ đặt mật khẩu quá dễ đoán.

– Đừng sử dụng cùng một mật khẩu cho nhiều tài khoản ở nhiều trang web khác nhau.

  1. Tấn công từ tài khoản Email

Không cần suy nghĩ đến bộ phim “Ma Trận” mà bạn hay xuyên, tin tặc chỉ cần tấn công và chiếm quyền tài khoản email của bạn, truy cập vào nó và sử dụng tính năng Quên mật khẩu trên Facebook để tạo lại mật khẩu mới, một mũi tên trúng hai con nhạn. Hoặc gần đây nhất, chỉ cần những kẻ tấn công biết được địa chỉ email đăng nhập của tài khoản Facebook, thông qua tính năng Quên mật khẩu và Xác thực bằng bạn bè, bạn hoàn toàn sẽ gặp nguy hiểm cực kì lớn. Đây là phương thức đang được sử dụng rất nhiều tại Việt Nam trong thời gian gần đây.

Không cần phải mất vài tiếng để hành động như phim bạn nhé, chỉ cần thiết lập xác thực hay yếu tố trên Google thôi.

Không cần phải mất vài tiếng để hành động như phim bạn nhé, chỉ cần thiết lập xác thực hay yếu tố trên Google thôi.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Bật tính năng xác minh 2 bước cho tài khoản email. Cũng tương tự như Facebook, xác minh 2 bước trên email yêu cầu một chiếc điện thoại đã được đăng ký để nhận mã xác nhận khi đăng nhập email từ một máy tính lạ. Hiện nay các dịch vụ email phổ biến đều đã có xác minh 2 bước nên bạn không cần quá lo lắng.
– Sử dụng một mật khẩu khó đoán.

  1. Xem từ mã nguồn trang web

Dù đã được che khuất bởi các dấu tròn, nhưng mọi người dùng để có thể dễ dàng xem chúng bằng tính năng xem mã nguồn trang web của trình duyệt với việc thay thế một số đoạn mã đơn giản giúp hiển thị chúng. Tính năng xem mã nguồn trang web xuất hiện trên hầu hết các trình duyệt phổ biến hiện nay nên biện pháp đề phòng chúng hầu như không có.

Đây gần như là phương thức không có biện pháp phòng tránh, nhưng hãy cẩn thận khi sử dụng máy tính lạ.

Đây gần như là phương thức không có biện pháp phòng tránh, nhưng hãy cẩn thận khi sử dụng máy tính lạ.

  1. Tabnapping

Phương thức này cũng gần giống như Giả mạo trang Facebook, nhưng tinh vi hơn nhờ giao diện và địa chỉ trang web được thay đổi hoàn toàn. Chúng đội lốt dưới dạng các trang web tin tức lớn hay một trang web trò chơi nào đó, yêu cầu người dùng đăng nhập vào Facebook để thực hiện tiếp các bước đang bỏ dở hoặc chơi thêm nhiều lượt.

Đội lốt dưới dạng trang tin tức hoặc trò chơi, người dùng sẽ bị cuốn hút và buộc phải nhập thông tin Facebook để tiếp tục sử dụng.

Đội lốt dưới dạng trang tin tức hoặc trò chơi, người dùng sẽ bị cuốn hút và buộc phải nhập thông tin Facebook để tiếp tục sử dụng.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Không bao giờ đăng nhập Facebook từ các trang web không đáng tin cậy.

– Hạn chế tải các phần mềm lạ, yêu cầu đăng nhập Facebook thì mới tải được.

– Không bao giờ chơi game miễn phí trên các trang web không đáng tin cậy.

  1. Tấn công từ mạng Wi-Fi

Đây là phương thức cần trình độ hiểu biết về kỹ thuật nhất định và kiến thức về mạng. Kẻ tấn công sẽ xâm nhập vào Wi-Fi của bạn, sau đó tấn công vào máy tính của bạn từ mạng Wi-Fi, thực hiện việc tấn công đường truyên lưu lượng mạng rồi sau cùng là đánh cắp mật khẩu Facebook.

Biện pháp phòng tránh:

– Hạn chế sử dụng các mạng Wi-Fi công cộng.

– Nếu dùng Wi-Fi công cộng, hãy sử dụng các phần mềm VPN để đảm bảo an toàn.

– Đặt giao thức bảo mật WPA-2 cho router Wi-Fi cá nhân.

– Thay đổi ngay mật khẩu Wi-Fi nếu nghi ngờ nó đã bị hack.

  1. Tấn công Facebook không cần mật khẩu

Đây là phương thức cực kì dễ làm nhưng lại phụ thuộc rất nhiều vào sự may mắn.

Một phương thức cực kì đơn giản, đến nỗi không thể tin là nó đơn giản đến vậy.

Một phương thức cực kì đơn giản, đến nỗi không thể tin là nó đơn giản đến vậy. Và phụ thuộc nhiều vào sự may mắn.

Rất nhiều người thường xuyên quên hoặc thậm chí không bao giờ đăng xuất tài khoản Facebook sau khi sử dụng máy tính. Vì vậy, ai cũng có thể truy cập vào tài khoản Facebook của bạn, câu tương tác, lừa đảo, trêu chọc hoặc làm vài chuyện bậy bạ mà chẳng cần đến bất kỳ kĩ thuật phức tạp nào để có mật khẩu. Đặc biệt khi quên thoát trên các thiết bị dịch vụ công cộng hoặc máy tính ở trường, đây sẽ là tấn bi kịch cho bạn.

Vì vậy, hãy nhớ thoát tài khoản Facebook bằng nút đăng xuất trước khi rời khỏi máy tính, đặc biệt khi nó không phải của mình.

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Cyber attackers are increasingly exploiting RDP, warns FBI
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 29 September 2018 02:30 AM

Businesses should to act to reduce the likelihood of compromise from cyber attackers exploiting the remote desktop protocol, warns the FBI

The use of RDP (remote desktop protocol) creates risk because it has the ability to control a computer remotely and usage should be closely regulated, monitored and controlled, say the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security.

Malicious cyber actors have developed methods of identifying and exploiting vulnerable RDP sessions over the internet to compromise identities, steal login credentials and ransom data, the two US agencies said in a joint public service announcement.

The use of remote administration tools, such as RDP, as an attack vector has been on the rise since mid- to late 2016 with the rise of dark markets selling tools for RDP access.

RDP is increasingly popular with cyber attackers because it allows an individual to control the resources and data of a computer over the internet.

Cyber actors can infiltrate the connection between the machines and inject malware or ransomware into the remote system, and because attacks using RDP do not require user input, intrusions are hard to detect.

Vulnerabilities include weak passwords that allow attackers to initiate RDP connections, outdated versions of RDP with weak encryption mechanisms that enable man-in-the-middle attacks, allowing unrestricted access to the default RDP port (3389), and allowing unlimited login attempts to a user account.

Threats include ransomware such as CrySiS, which targets businesses through open RDP ports; CryptON, which uses brute-force attacks to gain access to RDP sessions; and Samsam, which uses a wide range of exploits, including ones attacking RDP-enabled machines, to perform brute-force attacks.

In July 2018, Samsam threat actors used a brute-force attack on RDP login credentials to infiltrate a healthcare company and encrypt thousands of machines before detection, the FBI/DHS alert said.

Threat actors are also known to buy and sell stolen RDP login credentials on the dark web, with the value of credentials being determined by the location of the compromised machine, software used in the session, and any additional attributes that increase the usability of the stolen resources.

Read more about RDP-enabled cyber attacks


In August 2018, researchers at security firm Cybereason reported that a honeypot designed to look like a power transmission substation of an electricity supplier was discovered within two days and prepared for sale as an asset on the dark web to another criminal entity using the tool xDedic RDP Patch.

The tool allows a victim and an attacker to use the same credentials to log in to a machine simultaneously using RDP, which would otherwise be impossible because of built-in security restrictions in the latest versions.

Daily RDP incidents skyrocketed in May, with attackers going for backups in most cases, according to a report on malicious activity in the second quarter of 2018 by security firm Rapid 7.

The report said there is a consistent level of activity with RDP in the second quarter with peaks of activity, such as one in May that saw more than one million probes.

“Monitoring for brute-force activity, suspicious multi-country authentication and multi-organisation authentication helps to identify this type of activity, and implementing multi-factor authentication and monitoring for leaked credentials can help organisations actively protect themselves from these threats,” the report said.

Understanding exposures is another critical aspect to combating the threats, the Rapid 7 report said, noting that externally exposed RDP – even for a short period of time – can have a devastating effect on an organisation, as was shown by several of the RDP-enabled ransomware attacks in the second quarter.

To protect against RDP-based attacks, the FBI and DHS recommend that businesses:

  • Audit networks for systems using RDP for remote communication and disable the service if unneeded or install available patches.
  • Verify that all cloud-based virtual machine instances with a public IP do not have open RDP ports, specifically port 3389, unless there is a valid business reason to do so.
  • Place any system with an open RDP port behind a firewall and require users to use a virtual private network (VPN) to access it through the firewall.
  • Enable strong passwords and account lockout policies to defend against brute-force attacks.
  • Apply two-factor authentication where possible.
  • Apply system and software updates regularly.
  • Maintain a good back-up strategy.
  • Enable logging and ensure logging mechanisms capture RDP logins. Keep logs for a minimum of 90 days and review them regularly to detect intrusion attempts.
  • When creating cloud-based virtual machines, adhere to the cloud provider’s best practices for remote access.
  • Ensure third parties that require RDP access are required to follow internal policies on remote access.
  • Minimise network exposure for all control system devices and, where possible, disable RDP for critical devices.
  • Regulate and limit external-to-internal RDP connections. When external access to internal resources is required, use secure methods, such as VPNs.

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What is storage at the edge?
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 25 September 2018 12:12 AM

Storage at the edge is the collective methods and technologies that capture and retain digital information at the periphery of the network, as close to the originating source as possible. In the early days of the internet, managing storage at the edge was primarily the concern of network administrators who had employees at remote branch offices (ROBOS). By the turn of the century, the term was also being used to describe direct-attached storage (DAS) in notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) used by field workers. Because employees did not always remember to back up storage at the edge manually, a primary concern was how to automate backups and keep the data secure. 

Today, as more data is being generated by networked internet of things (IoT) devices, administrators who deal with storage at the edge are more concerned with establishing workarounds for limited or intermittent connectivity and dealing with raw data that might need to be archived indefinitely. The prodigious volume of data coming from highway video surveillance cameras, for example, can easily overwhelm a traditional centralized storage model. This has led to experiments with pre-processing data at its source and centralizing storage for only a small part of the data.

In the case of automotive data, for example, log files stored in the vehicle might simply be tagged so should the need arise, the data in question could be sent to the cloud for deeper analysis. In such a scenario, intermediary micro-data centers or high-performance fog computing servers could be installed at remote locations to replicate cloud services locally. This not only improves performance, but also allows connected devices to act upon perishable data in fractions of a second. Depending upon the vendor and technical implementation, the intermediary storage location may be referred to by one of several names including IoT gateway, base station or hub.

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BackupAssist software offers cloud-to-local backup
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 21 September 2018 02:48 AM

BackupAssist 365 can be set to automatically download files and email mailboxes from the cloud to an on-premises device, creating local backups as a cloud-to-cloud alternative.

SMB backup software specialist BackupAssist this week added protection for email mailboxes and files stored in the cloud.

The newest BackupAssist software, called BackupAssist 365, lets customers copy email mailboxes and files from the cloud to an on-premises server. The on-premises, off-cloud backup can protect businesses against accidental or malicious data deletion and ransomware.


Unlike cloud-to-cloud backup products that allow organizations to move data from SaaS applications to another public cloud, the new BackupAssist software only backs up to local storage.

Troy Vertigan, vice president of channel sales and marketing at BackupAssist, based in Australia, said the cloud-to-local backup costs up to 75% less than a cloud-to-cloud subscription.

Despite what the BackupAssist software's 365 name suggests, the product works with more than just Microsoft Office 365. BackupAssist 365 lets users back up mailboxes from Rackspace, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Outlook and Internet Message Access Protocol servers, as well as files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Secure File Transfer Protocol and WebDAV. BackupAssist CEO Linus Chang said a future update will enable support for the entire G Suite.

George Crump, president and founder of analyst firm Storage Switzerland, said BackupAssist 365 is a good option for protecting data born in the cloud, but he's not sure the vendor's customers are convinced they need that.

Screenshot of BackupAssist 365's Exchange interface


BackupAssist 365 backs up Microsoft Exchange email mailboxes.

"The big challenge is convincing the entire market that you actually do need to back up Office 365. There's still this misbelief that the cloud is this magical place where data never gets deleted," Crump said.

Although cloud users don't have to worry about hardware failure or disaster recovery, Crump said that merely shifts the risk elsewhere.

There's still this misbelief that the cloud is this magical place where data never gets deleted.
George Crumppresident and founder, Storage Switzerland

"Once you're cloud-based, your concern really isn't disaster recovery anymore. What you're really protecting against is data corruption and account hijack," Crump said.

BackupAssist's Chang agreed his SMB target market needs convincing of the value of cloud backup. "The majority of SMB customers and the vast majority of consumers are not doing any sort of backup whatsoever," Chang said.

Chang said BackupAssist's customers also include managed service providers who are in charge of their clients' data, and BackupAssist 365 can help them stay compliant.

The new BackupAssist software is generally available. Its annual subscription fee is $1 per user, per month, for the first 24 users, and it drops to 95 cents for 25 to 49 users and 90 cents if there are 50 or more users. A user is defined as a single account identity, allowing for one user to back up multiple clouds.

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Bắt đầu như một doanh nghiệp dịch vụ sao lưu dựa trên đám mây đòi hỏi nắm bắt thị trường mục tiêu, một sự kết hợp vững chắc của các nhà cung cấp dự phòng và công thức định giá

Vì vậy, bạn đang nghĩ bạn muốn thêm bản sao lưu đám mây vào danh sách dịch vụ của mình. Hôm nay, có rất nhiều sự nhầm lẫn xung quanh những gì cung cấp của bạn nên bao gồm, nơi lưu trữ dữ liệu và ứng dụng của khách hàng, chi phí và các câu hỏi khác. Một phần của sự nhầm lẫn đến từ rất nhiều nhà cung cấp cạnh tranh cho sự chú ý của bạn - từ các giải pháp sao lưu, dịch vụ lưu trữ, đến các nhà cung cấp dịch vụ đám mây và hơn thế nữa.

Sai lầm mà nhiều nhà cung cấp dịch vụ được quản lý (MSP) tạo ra là bắt đầu với công nghệ sẵn có và sau đó làm việc để tạo ra một đề nghị xung quanh nó. Bạn sẽ cố gắng "vừa vặn một cái chốt vuông vào lỗ hổng trên đám mây" nếu bạn làm điều đó. Những gì bạn cần làm là để bắt đầu với doanh nghiệp của bạn và làm việc hướng tới công nghệ. Để hỗ trợ, tôi đã vạch ra bốn bước bạn có thể làm theo để có được doanh nghiệp dịch vụ sao lưu đám mây của bạn được xác định và sẵn sàng bán.

Bước 1: Xác định thị trường mục tiêu của bạn

Bạn đã biết thị trường của bạn là ai nhưng hãy nghĩ về khách hàng của bạn từ quan điểm về lượng dữ liệu họ sử dụng, các ứng dụng họ làm việc và mức độ quan trọng của cả hai. Khách hàng của bạn có thích ý tưởng sử dụng đám mây không? Họ có mở để lưu trữ các phần cơ sở hạ tầng của họ trong đám mây trong một thảm họa không? Những câu hỏi này và nhiều thứ khác cần được suy nghĩ, vì vậy bạn có thể xác định chính xác khách hàng sao lưu đám mây mục tiêu của bạn trông như thế nào - lý do là, khi bạn đã cạn kiệt bán cho cơ sở khách hàng hiện tại của mình, bạn biết loại khách hàng nào cần tìm để bán cho họ dịch vụ.

Bước 2: Chọn nhà cung cấp lưu trữ đám mây và sao lưu phù hợp

Hãy để tôi bắt đầu bằng cách chỉ ra rằng tôi đã sử dụng thuật ngữ "nhà cung cấp" số nhiều. Bạn có khả năng sẽ cần phải chọn một vài nhà cung cấp, trong tổng số, sẽ thủ công cung cấp dịch vụ của bạn. Ở mức tối thiểu, bạn sẽ cần chọn nhà cung cấp giải pháp sao lưu và nhà cung cấp bộ nhớ đám mây để khởi chạy một doanh nghiệp dịch vụ sao lưu đám mây. Nhưng trước khi bạn chỉ cần chạy đến nhà sản xuất phần mềm sao lưu tại chỗ của bạn và xem họ có tùy chọn đám mây hay không, thực sự nghĩ về nhu cầu của khách hàng mà bạn đã xác định trong bước đầu tiên. Dịch các nhu cầu kinh doanh đã xác định thị trường của bạn thành các yêu cầu công nghệ và tìm kiếm chúng cho các nhà cung cấp danh sách ngắn. Ví dụ, nếu tất cả khách hàng của bạn có ít nhất một ứng dụng quan trọng cần sao chép ảo vào đám mây để duy trì mức độ sẵn sàng cao, thì tìm kiếm của bạn cho các nhà cung cấp đám mây và sao lưu cần bao gồm khả năng đó. Dưới đây là danh sách đánh giá nhanh về những cân nhắc mà tôi cho là rất quan trọng:

  • Định giá - Nhiều nhà cung cấp lưu trữ đám mây có các mô hình định giá phức tạp. Điều này sẽ ảnh hưởng đến cách bạn định giá dịch vụ của mình. Hãy chắc chắn rằng nó đủ đơn giản để bạn có thể hiểu chính xác chi phí của bạn sao cho cung cấp dự phòng của bạn có thể dự đoán và sinh lời.
  • Các tầng lưu trữ - Không đi sâu vào chi tiết quá nhiều, gần như tất cả các lưu trữ đám mây chính đều có bộ nhớ nóng, ấm và lạnh. Mỗi cái có giá tốt hơn một chút cho mỗi GB, nhưng có những chi phí ẩn xung quanh thời gian truy xuất và phí đi ra giữa các biến khác. Hiểu mức độ dịch vụ bạn nhận được với mỗi loại và chọn những dịch vụ phù hợp với mô hình mong muốn của bạn.
  • Khả năng phục hồi - Khách hàng của bạn không quan tâm đến việc bạn sao lưu mọi thứ; họ quan tâm rằng bạn có thể giúp doanh nghiệp của họ hoạt động trở lại và hoạt động. Hãy tìm các nhà cung cấp sao lưu hỗ trợ nhu cầu khôi phục của bạn - ví dụ: khôi phục liên tục, thực thể ảo (P2V) và sao chép liên tục. Mỗi khả năng có thể trở thành một phần của việc cung cấp cơ sở của bạn, hoặc một sự gia tăng tùy chọn.

Bước 3: Nhận quyền định giá

Khách hàng của bạn không quan tâm đến việc bạn sao lưu mọi thứ; họ quan tâm rằng bạn có thể giúp doanh nghiệp của họ hoạt động trở lại và hoạt động.

Yếu tố này có tác động nhiều hơn đến việc khách hàng có mua hay không. Làm cho nó quá khó hiểu, quá tốn kém, thậm chí quá rẻ - bất cứ điều gì làm cho khách hàng tiềm năng của bạn không nhìn thấy giá trị - và họ có thể chỉ đơn giản là vượt qua. Có rất nhiều phần chuyển động, tổng cộng, thúc đẩy mô hình định giá của bạn trông như thế nào cho doanh nghiệp dịch vụ sao lưu đám mây của bạn. Điều này bao gồm chi phí, lao động, phần mềm, cơ sở hạ tầng, lưu trữ và bảo trì đám mây.

Tóm lại, bạn cần xác định tỷ lệ gánh nặng theo giờ của bạn (bao gồm chi phí kinh doanh có thể lập hóa đơn và không phải thanh toán được tính theo giờ) và chi phí dịch vụ của bạn (ví dụ: phần mềm, lưu trữ và chi phí đi ra), đưa ra một số giả định về dung lượng lưu trữ trung bình của khách hàng và quyết định tỷ suất lợi nhuận. Tính toán cơ bản cho định giá của bạn trông giống như sau:

Phần mềm + (Tỷ lệ gánh nặng x # giờ) + Chi phí lưu trữ / GB

Bạn chỉ cần tăng tổng chi phí này để bao gồm biên lợi nhuận của mình và bạn có một mô hình định giá chi phí / GB đơn giản.

Bước 4: Bán dịch vụ sao lưu đám mây của bạn

Điều quan trọng nhất tôi có thể truyền đạt cho bạn trong bài viết này là thực tế là bạn không thực sự bán sao lưu đám mây. Bạn đang bán yên tâm, hoạt động thời gian hoạt động và liên tục kinh doanh . Để bán dịch vụ này, hãy bắt đầu bằng cách nói chuyện với khách hàng của bạn về nhu cầu kinh doanh của họ. Yêu cầu họ xác định dữ liệu, ứng dụng và hệ thống quan trọng đối với doanh nghiệp. Hỏi họ xem doanh nghiệp có thể tiếp tục chạy bao lâu mà không có những khối lượng công việc này. Khi bạn có tất cả đạn dược do khách hàng cung cấp này, bạn có thể thảo luận cách cung cấp chiến lược khôi phục và sao lưu đám mây cần thiết đáp ứng nhu cầu kinh doanh được xác định rõ ràng.

Có một số chính xác trong việc thực hiện điều này sẽ mất một thời gian và kinh nghiệm để có được 100% ngay, nhưng chiến lược trên là đúng. Nó rất tập trung vào khách hàng, cho phép khách hàng quyết định trả trước cái gì và cái gì không quan trọng, và nó cung cấp cho bạn tất cả ngữ cảnh cần thiết để chứng minh cách sao lưu đám mây có thể giúp đảm bảo doanh nghiệp vẫn hoạt động.

Tôi đã chỉ trầy xước bề mặt trên những gì nó cần để thực sự xác định và thiết lập một doanh nghiệp dịch vụ sao lưu đám mây. Tuy nhiên, bằng cách làm theo các bước cấp cao và đào sâu vào từng bước với một cái nhìn thấu đáo về chức năng, chi phí và giá trị của khách hàng, bạn sẽ sẵn sàng bổ sung một dịch vụ có thể dự đoán và mang lại lợi nhuận mà khách hàng của bạn muốn.

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Hành vi người dùng không thể đoán trước và các cơn bão khởi động có thể gây ra biến động sử dụng tài nguyên VDI suốt cả ngày. CNTT có thể thực hiện các bước để xác định và cắt giảm ảnh hưởng của những thay đổi này.

Trong bất kỳ triển khai VDI nào, việc sử dụng tài nguyên là điều bình thường.

Biến động nhỏ hơn trong việc sử dụng VDI có xu hướng liên quan đến hành vi người dùng cuối không thể đoán trước. Ví dụ: người dùng có thể quyết định phát video hoặc tải lên một tệp lớn, do đó gây ra mức tăng sử dụng tài nguyên. Tuy nhiên, các đột biến này thường ngắn ngủi và không gây ra bất kỳ sự cố nào miễn là mật độ máy tính để bàn ảo không quá cao.

Tuy nhiên, vấn đề sử dụng VDI lớn hơn là hoạt động tăng đột biến xảy ra do hoạt động của người dùng đồng thời. Người dùng có thể gây ra một cơn bão hoạt động, ví dụ, là kết quả của tất cả mọi người đăng nhập vào cùng một lúc vào buổi sáng. Những cơn bão khởi động này cuối cùng đã giảm dần, nhưng chúng có thể gây rối cao cho đến khi chúng hoạt động.


Làm thế nào để phát hiện biến động trong việc sử dụng VDI và đối phó với chúng

Xác định biến động sử dụng VDI thường dễ thực hiện. Chỉ cần sử dụng một máy tính để bàn ảo trên cơ sở hàng ngày có thể cung cấp cho các chuyên gia CNTT một cảm giác tốt về các mẫu hoạt động đang diễn ra.

Ví dụ, một chuyên gia CNTT có thể nhận thấy rằng hiệu suất trở nên chậm chạp lúc 9:00 sáng trong khoảng 10 phút, và sau đó một lần nữa vào khoảng giữa trưa khi mọi người đến ăn trưa. Mặc dù quan sát như vậy là chủ quan, CNTT có thể định lượng hiệu suất chậm chạp trong thời gian hoạt động nặng bằng cách sử dụng phần mềm giám sát hiệu suất .

Các chuyên gia CNTT cũng có thể sử dụng tự động hóa để quản lý các biến động sử dụng VDI bằng cách thực hiện phân phối lại tải công việc.

Chìa khóa để khắc phục các loại biến động hiệu suất này là tận dụng lợi thế của tự động hóa. Ví dụ, nếu các chuyên gia CNTT quan sát thấy một cơn bão VDI lớn xảy ra vào mỗi buổi sáng khi mọi người đến làm việc, họ có thể sử dụng tự động hóa để khởi động trước các máy ảo trước khi mọi người đến.

Các chuyên gia CNTT cũng có thể sử dụng tự động hóa để quản lý các biến động sử dụng VDI bằng cách thực hiện phân phối lại tải công việc.

Giả sử, ví dụ, CNTT biết rằng một nguồn lực lớn tăng đột biến xảy ra mỗi ngày vào buổi trưa. Tùy thuộc vào thành phần phần cứng nào đang được sử dụng quá mức, chúng có thể sử dụng một công cụ tự động hóa để tự động tăng thêm nút máy chủ và sau đó di chuyển một số máy ảo sang nút đó ngay trước khi đột biến tài nguyên xảy ra. Bằng cách này, có nhiều phần cứng hơn để đáp ứng nhu cầu.

Khi quá trình sử dụng tăng đột biến, CNTT có thể thiết lập việc triển khai tự động chuyển trực tiếp các máy ảo đó trở lại vị trí ban đầu và tắt nút máy chủ phụ để tiết kiệm chi phí điện và làm mát.



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