Windows software of the day [April 27, 2012]

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Software for April 27, 2012

Image Resizer

Resizing a bunch of pictures is a somewhat unwieldy task. In the early days of Windows XP, you could use Microsoft’s free Image Resizer powertoy, but the days of those are long over. However, an intrepid developer has recreated the classic experience for modern day Windows users to enjoy: simple, easy to use image resizing is here again.

After selecting your images and choosing Resize Pictures from the context menu, the hard part is over. Now you simply have to choose the size you want to make your images: small, medium, large, mobile, or custom.

Image Resizer is quite easy to use, and makes for a nice way to quickly resize images.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3 preview 3

Supported OS: Windows w/ .NET framework

Download size: 887KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Image Resizer homepage

WebBrowserPassView

Want to prank a friend? Forgot your password? Try using WebBrowserPassView to see what your browsers have stored in them. I personally store way too many passwords in Firefox.

WebBrowserPassView works by using the various browser’s built in password storage databases and can currently find passwords stored in Internet Explorer 4.0-9.0, any version of Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

Want to know how to protect yourself from WebBrowserPassView? You’d be surprised which browser offers the easiest method of security. In Internet Explorer, all you need to do is delete your history which consists probably of only Mozilla.com. In Firefox, you’ll need to set a master password. Use Chrome, Safari, or Opera? You’re out of luck, these passwords can’t be secured.

All in all, WebBrowserPassView is not only convenient, it’s scary. Scary.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.25

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 209KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 13/42

WebBrowserPassView homepage

SniffPass

Often people leave their mail programs to log in, then instantly forget what those passwords are. Then, ten months later, they’re searching high and low for their password and can’t find it. However, with SniffPass, all you need to do is walk over to their computer, run SniffPass, and make their email program log itself in automatically. SniffPass supports the POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, FTP, and HTTP protocols, so there’s plenty of passwords it can sniff.

SniffPass is quite a useful tool, but it is also a dangerous one. It goes without saying, but please do not use SniffPass for malicious purposes!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.12

Supported OS: Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 optionally with Pcap or Microsoft Network Monitor

Download size: 44-111KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 23/40 portable 32-bit | 6/41 portable 64-bit | 28/42 installer

SniffPass homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  1. JonE

    Image Resizer: I’m giving this a try. I like the idea of being able to batch re-size. And I must admit that I like the convenience of being able to access it through the context menu. I’ve been resizing photos with IrfanView for years; it’s a very capable resizer, but to the best of my knowledge there is no batch option. But IrfanView will do a few things, as far as I can tell that Image Resizer won’t. But beware; aspect ratio can really mess up a photo if resized to the WRONG size.

    WebBrowserPassView: I don’t know why anyone would store passwords in their browser when there are so many great Password Managers out there. I use three of them, for different things. I’ve been messing around with LastPass, but not sure I’m totally comfortable with it yet. KeePass is a favorite and KeyWallet I’ve had since back in 2001. If someone where to combine the flexibility and security of KeePass with the way KeyWallet inputs passwords I’d be a happy camper. But, I never store passwords in my browser. However, if I did I believe that I’d still prefer the way Firefox handles it compared to IE. You’ve stored a mess of passwords in your browser and each time you clear you cache you passwords disappear. Firefox on the other hand lets input a master password to keep them safe and will not delete them when you clean your cache. I still don’t think it’s safe to store passwords on my browser, but if I did Firefox seems to do it best; my opinion.

    SniffPass: Have you ever noticed that just about every NirSoft program designed to locate passwords is call PassView. Nearly all except this one. NirSoft says this is a Network tool; I’m going to be playing with it today to find out exactly what that means. In the mean time if you need to recover the Passwords for your ISP mail NirSoft developed “Mail PassView”; it also locates passwords for some of you Online Email clients, as well. I keep a clean browser and system so the only passwords “Mail PassView” found on my computer were for my ISP mail (Outlook Express). If you click on the “SniffPass” link on this page when the NirSoft page opens up you will see the link for “Mail PassView” towards the top left. If you use “NirLauncher” aka “NirSoft Package” both “SniffPass” and “Mail PassView” are in there.

    NirSoft: I love NirSoft; if there is a program that you need to do a particular task then NirSoft has probably developed it, except they don’t make an “Image Resizer”, but then that’s not the type of program they usually dabble in. And a great deal of their programs are “Stand Alone”; a huge plus in my opinion. Did you know that the law enforcement community has adopted some of their programs for forensics? It’s true!

    O.K. I’m shutting up now.