It is often a struggle to find the best software to meet your laptop’s needs, either for password protection or conference calls in and out of work, especially on a tight budget.
But we’re here to help with this list of software – and it’s all free. Here are some no-cost downloads to help solve your security, productivity, synchronisation, Wi-Fi woes – and more. They’ll make it easier and more fun to get your work done, too.
1. PDF editors
AbleWord is a free word processor that offers a PDF editor, a handy feature for viewing and editing PDF files.
To edit a scanned PDF, however, AbleWord recommends downloading the FreeOCR software to make the editing process a lot easier. The user interface is very similar to Microsoft Office and is available on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and all later versions.
2. Password manager
LastPass offers a free cloud-based password manager to securely store passwords when logging into online accounts.
It also provides personal information storage and an option to share passwords with family members or work colleagues that may need to access your account.
Dashlane is also another option, although the free service is limited to one device, with the premium package a month plus a VPN bundled in too.
AdBlocker Ultimate is a free AdBlocker that completely blocks all adverts that completely blocks out all adverts that could pop-up when browsing the internet.
There are no whitelisted websites or adverts, so users can ensure that all adverts are completely blocked.
It is available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Yandex.Browser.
A great alternative is uBlock Origin, which is also free.
Security is essential for every PC, whether for personal or business use. As the saying goes, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Although it may not solve every security issue bound to pop up on your laptop, having an Antivirus installed will make a significant difference. You do not always need to spend a lot on it as there are various Antivirus software tools available for free.
We like Avast free Antivirus, available for Windows, Mac and Android laptops. Other high-end alternatives include Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Avira and Panda.
For more information on antivirus tools, check out our best anti-ransomware tools.
5. Photo editors
Whether you are looking for an alternative to Photoshop, or just keen to see what other photo editors are out there to make your pictures look great, you can be sure to find a good tool for free.
There are a variety of photo editor software tools that are compatible with Windows, Max, Linux and Android laptops – some even built solely for specific operating systems.
Here are some we like:
GIMP, a free image editor and Adobe Photoshop Express.
6. Desktop messengers
Not just for browsing with autonomy, VPNs can access country-specific content. We think CyberGhost’s free service is one worth checking out.
Another VPN service that allows users free access is Browsec. It is praised for its speed and lack of ads.
TunnelBear VPN provides a private and secure connection to the internet. This is particularly useful when connecting to an open Wi-Fi network, which may include several connections.
It helps to hide your IP address and location so other users and third parties are not able to see it. The VPN also protects all personal information to ensure that hackers on public Wi-Fi, ISPs and other local networks do not have access.
Although the free option is only available for 500MB of data every month, an alternative is to go for the paid package for unlimited data.