Today’s slower economy is leading many people to consider free alternatives to services that they currently pay for.
Consider benefiting from the following applications, all of which I highly recommend. Please bear in mind that some or all of these products have licensing limitations which may restrict their use or prohibit it in a business environment.
- 2 gb of free, secure offsite backup from Mozy
- Free web hosting and email accounts from DotEasy
- Free remote access to your workstation from LogMeIn
The key to benefiting from these free applications is to understand their capabilities while keeping aware of the limitations imposed on the free version of these products. All of these products can be upgraded to obtain the full storage and feature set of their pay-version counterparts.
The free backup from Mozy allows up to 2GB free to be backed up on your workstation (which is about the same size as a single, large Outlook email file.) Therefore, it’s best for backing up your email (Outlook or other) and financial data (Quickbooks, Quicken or other) in one fell swoop.
Web hosting from DotEasy allows you to host simple webpages as well as providing for several email accounts. Email storage on the DotEasy server is limited, so it’s best to download email into an email program on a workstation, such as Microsoft Outlook or the (also free) Mozilla Thunderbird.
The remote access service from LogMeIn relatively easy to install and is a godsend for those who want quick access to their remote workstation, whether it’s at home or at work. Note that the free version of this product does not allow for File Transfer between the host and remote workstation.
For question or concerns about any of the above, please reply to this post, not directly to me. That way, your question and any answers that I provide will be available in the comments for everyone else to see.
Until next time, happy computing!