How To: Save Money Using Free Software

Make your list

Look at the installed programs in your computer and start by deleting any application you’ve used in the past, but don’t need anymore. Now write down the programs that you are using. If you have two or more applications of the same type write down only your favorite. Underline the ones that are not free.

Now you have a general view of all the software you have, both free and paid.

Search for alternatives

For each paid program you have installed, search for free alternatives. You might find it hard to choose one so to ease up the process, read some reviews and study the features and drawbacks of each program. This might seem complicated, but it’s actually not. Any good application has been reviewed at least a few times on well-known websites. If you can’t find any reviews for a program it means it’s not trustworthy or it’s very new.

A good review should include the program’s features and issues/bugs (if any), some screenshots with the UI and system requirements (so you can be sure it works on your computer).

When free is not enough

If for example you need a powerful image editing application and the free ones you’ve tried are just not enough in terms of functionality it’s OK to say no to freeware and buy the application you need. The same goes for the cases when you have a paid program but can’t find a viable alternative at all.

Other than that, when you do find a free app to replace a paid one do not hesitate to do so. Even replacing 5 programs can save you a great deal of money. Some programs even have a yearly license renewal (in that case you’ll be saving even more money).

Where to find free applications

Finding free applications shouldn’t be a problem. There are numerous websites that offer free software downloads and even the trial versions of paid applications, all legally of course. A simple search on the Internet will reveal dozens of them. Just be careful to download the original setup file, as some websites wrap applications in their own installers, which also include toolbars, search engines and other third-party applications.

When you finish analyzing your software list, and made the possible replacements sum up the license costs of the commercial apps you are not using anymore to see how much money you managed to save.

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Serial Port Software Solution Leads Triple by 10 % – Port Mapper and USB Over Network

Recently Software MarkTech Foundation released the SLS data on the software popularity market and other research. All the data was based on all possible software market gatherings. Multiple white papers were submitted on this issue indicating the list of the most popular softwares on the market. Over 2, 304, 123 estimates have been given on this research. Linux-based solutions dominate considerably over the Unix -based and Windows-based will grow by 50 % in 2009.

A special attention (and this article as well) was given to Serial Port Mapper solution which is claimed to triple its leads by 10 %. An increasing demand in serial port products defines the software market. In this article we will outline a general sketch of what Serial Port Mapper is. Serial Port Mapper is a windows-based solution which allows to map any serial port to any new port name. In other words, it allows to create aliases for serial ports. For example, a person installs additional serial port expansion card to computer as COM5 serial port. But his/her favorite software can work with COM1…COM4 ports only and cannot be reconfigured to work with COM5. To resolve this problem one needs to map COM5 port to COM1 port. As a result, a software can open COM1 port but actually work with COM5 port. Serial Port Mapper functionality can be easily integrated into any other application. So serial ports can be mapped and swapped from any application directly.

USB over Network is both Windows- and Linux-based solution allowing to work with the remote USB devices over a local network or Internet as if they were connected directly to a local PC. Usually, when a person needs to use any USB device (like scanner, flash-memory, etc) he/she plugs it into USB port of his/her computer. But for all that, the device is accessible only for the computer it is plugged into. And what if someone else needs to use the same USB device?

The problem was resolved in a different extraordinary way. USB over Network allows to work with remote USB devices over a local network or Internet. To do that USB over Network Server is to be installed on the PC where USB devices are plugged in. USB over Network Client must be installed on the PCs a person wants to give access to those very USB devices he/she has already plugged in. That’s all. USB over Network Client is a free software. The solution is very simple, any user which has installed USB over Network Client can work with remote USB devices as if they were connected directly to his/her local PC.

Top Three Firewall Software Applications of 2010

To complete your computer security environment, you must not only use an antivirus program. You also need to install a firewall on your computer. Many antivirus firewall software packages bundle both antivirus and firewall, but if you are only looking for a free firewall, you might want to check out these three applications.

Despite the limited features offered by free firewall programs (as compared to full versions of antivirus firewall software), computer users still rely on them. Yet, it is best to be always updated to the newest versions of firewalls since so many new computer threats appear every month.

There are many reliable firewall solutions out there, but here are the three most popular ones. These are reliable programs that have earned good reputation from their users.

ZoneAlarm PRO Firewall 2010. This firewall software is easy to install and use. It has an installation wizard that will guide you during your installation process within minutes. ZoneAlarm PRO Firewall 2010 not only has advanced firewall technology but also provides protection from spyware. It also assures that your identity and personal data are well protected. It is compatible with other popular antivirus software titles and any Windows operating system version. The update for this software can be downloaded for free and it protects your wireless PC connection. It has the capacity to quarantine any suspicious files or programs. Your Internet usage will be safer since it blocks pop-ups and cookies. The price of this software is around 30 dollars.

F-Secure Internet Security 2010. For about 60 dollars, this may be considered as the most child-friendly firewall for it has a special time lock for children who use the Net. It will also provide tips on which website is safe to visit. It is vigilant in detecting possible spam that enters your mailbox because the antispam feature of this software has been improved and prevents any malicious dialer software from entering your network. F-Secure Internet Security 2010 guards your computer from rootkits, worms, viruses, and zero-day threats. This software only works for Windows XP and Vista, both 64- and 32-bit variants.

Prisma Firewall 2009 is best for those computers that don’t have the latest computer processor and don’t have large onboard memory. This software only eats up about 3 megabytes of hard disk space. Its processor usage usually stays around 1 percent or less. And, it only consumes about 8 MB of system memory. It is mainly flexible when it comes to network trafficking. It also filters and scans POP3, IMAP, and SMTP ports. This kind of feature will protect your online and offline emails. Trojan threat problems will be no more, for this firewall will also protect your system from infamous computer threats. You can purchase the full version of this firewall for about 30 dollars.

With these new line of firewall programs, computer users will now be at ease when using their PCs and every time they surf the Internet. Even with the latest features provided by the software, it is best to always up date your antivirus firewall software monthly, if not daily.