recommended software & hardware
Here is a list of recommended software utilities and manufacturers which we use ourselves.
Many of these great programs are completely free or have a free
version for home usage.
We cannot stress how important it is to back up your data. Hard drives are prone to failure and data recovery can be expensive. Backing up your data doesn't have to be bothersome or 'something else to remember to do'. MozyHome provides 2GB of FREE, SECURE and AUTOMATED online backup - perfect for photos, documents and more. Need more than 2GB? For under £2.50 per month you can get UNLIMITED storage!... get mozy home free
Panda Internet Security Offers the same award winning antivirus and spyware protection with additional features .get Panda IS 2009
K9 Web Protection
We use K9 and recommend it to anyone who has kids who surf the Internet.
K9 uses Blue Coat ® technology to filter out inappropriate content and block 'adult' websites very accurately, in real time.
This is a free download
for Windows 2000, XP or Vista...get K9 Web Protection
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. You can also find and remove invalid registry entries. (Always use the backup feature when using this option).. get ccleaner
Browsing and Email
Firefox is a web browser that is completely standalone and independent from Internet Explorer or other Windows components. It offers tabbed browsing combined with numerous handy features like popup blocking, Live Bookmarks (RSS integration), password manager and more. The functionality can be extended with dozens of freely available plug-ins (Extensions). Firefox can import all your Internet Explorer Favorites as well as some other settings, so switching is made easy. Download
RoboForm is another of those applications we could not imagine being without.
RoboForm will save all of your usernames and passwords and securely encrypt them. use it for sites like Facebook, Hotmail or any other site that requires a username and password and it will rembember them and automatically fill them out for you. All you need to remember is one 'master' password. Also great for filling out entire forms with just one click! ...get RoboForm
Office Suites, Desktop Publishing & Productivity
A great free alternative to expensive office suites!
OpenOffice.org is both a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products, and a virtual community working through OpenOffice.org's numerous projects. The community comes together at www.openoffice.org to develop, support, and promote the use of OpenOffice.org. Download
We do not provide technical support for any of these programs. Please contact the manufacturers for tech support. Use at your own risk! We do not provide downloads - all links are to external sites.