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A utility program used primarily to create, manipulate, modify, or analyse other programs, such as a compiler or an editor or a cross-referencing program, or perform maintenance and/or repairs on system hardware or application software.

Tools include Hex editors, disk checkers, file backup and recovery programs, etc. Tools are powerful pieces of software and the use of tools within a organisation should be restricted to those personnel who have either received the proper training or have otherwise proven their competence in the use of such software.

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