Ok now one of the ways that you can save a little more money is to look for free alternatives to software products. Outfitting your computer with the software applications that you need can start to become expensive. The good news, though, is that there are free options that can help you accomplish a number of tasks. Here are some thoughts on free software alternatives.
One of the most widely known alternatives is open office. Rather than spending a great deal (especially if you get the professional version) on Microsoft’s Office suite, you can get almost all of the same functionality with OpenOffice.
Another cool option is Google Documents. I am starting to use Google Docs more and more. You can create presentations and spreadsheets in addition to documents, and it is possible to make use of the “Drawing” option. It’s free, and it’s easy to access from any computer connected to the Internet.
You want to be able to protect your computer from malware. There are free options that provide a degree of protection to your computer. Microsoft security essentials is one such option. On top of that you can find other anti-virus options, like avast and AVG, as well as ad-ware blockers like Ad-Ware Free. In addition to these free versions, you can get more features if you are willing to pay a fee.
Storage and Backup
Looking for some help backing up files and providing storage on your computer? You can look online for programs like DriveImage and Gladinet (offering cloud storage). SpiderOak and MozyHome offers backup storage for free up to a certain point. Once you exceed a certain amount of space, you will have to pay a fee. Windows Live SkyDrive offers even more storage free. DriverMax will help you backup your drivers, and that can be a helpful thing as well.
It’s not just Windows vs. Mac. There are free operating systems out there that can provide you with the ability to run a computer without spending as much money. One of the most popular is Ubuntu by Linux. You can use Ubuntu fairly easily, and you can find good support for most of the free, open-source software available.
You can also give Jolicloud, another Linux offering a try. This OS is based on the Ubunu Netbook Remix, and is meant for the smaller screen. You can get plenty of apps, and it is easy and quick to install.
There’s a whole world of free software alternatives out there. You can enjoy a number of options when it comes to saving money on software. Just make sure you are careful download from legit sites. SnapFiles and Download.com offers thousands of free software choices, and are mostly safe. Make sure you are careful, since some free software is loaded with malware that can ruin your computer. Getting your software from a reputable source is absolutely essential.