Saturday, January 2, 2021

Azure Free Stuff

Ok, yesterday we created our new (free! encrypted!) email account and set up two-factor authentication (2FA).  Today let's get some free cloud resources.  All of the major cloud vendors have a free tier that you can use to get started.  Most just require an email address, which we now have.  I am going to start with Microsoft Azure:

1) Browse to https://portal.azure.com and click on <create one>:


2) Type in your email address and click <next>:

3) Enter your new password and click <next>:


4) Enter your country and birthday and click <next>

5) Check your email and enter the code and click <next>

6) Prove your humanity

7) And you are done (almost)!


The final thing we need to do is turn 2FA on for our new Microsoft account.
1) Browse to https://account.microsoft.com/security and click on <two-step verification>
2) Verify your identity with another code sent to your email and click <verify>
3) Microsoft has a very good authentication application that you can install, but I am clicking <no thanks>
4) Click on <manage>
5) Click <next>
6) I am going to use Authy again, so I click <set up a different authenticator app>
7) As before, scan the QR code, enter the code displayed, and click <next>
8) Save your recovery code and done!


Tomorrow we will see what we have access to and see if there is anything we can do and learn.


Here are a list of cloud vendors and their free tiers:

Microsoft Azure: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/

Amazon AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/free

Google GCP: https://cloud.google.com/free

IBM: https://www.ibm.com/cloud/free

Alibaba Cloud: https://www.alibabacloud.com/campaign/free-trial

Digital Ocean: https://try.digitalocean.com/freetrialoffer/