Below are some of the products and services we recommend for work and play. Some are completely free, some are freemiums (upgradable), and others are paid-only.
We love this product, because it includes everything we need, works well, and doesn’t slow down our computers with bloat like other products we’ve tried in the past. It’s the only product on the market that protects our computers, router, and wireless devices, thus our entire network, and it’s easy to use. One of the best things about it is its extra-safe “SafeZone,” which we use to do online banking and bill paying. It’s for these reasons and more that it’s the world’s most popular internet security software. (The avast! Free Antivirus is also terrific, but its functionality is limited.)
We’re avid readers and love the feel of physical books while losing ourselves in a great story. We also like the convenience of digital books, so we buy these, too, and read them on our Kindle Fire HD tablet. Before we got it, we read Kindle books with Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App on the laptop. The app has since been upgraded, and now works with PCs and most tablets and smartphones, and comes with all the functionalities of a Kindle (minus the cost and the device itself).
We use this product for all of our blogs and websites, because the software is much more flexible than other site builders, and GoDaddy handles hosting, security, plugin testing, and more, so we don’t have to. For entrepreneurs, having a website for your business is a must. For job seekers, having a LinkedIn profile is, too, but if you really want to show off your stuff in a stylish way, then create your own website and add a link to it on your LinkedIn page. (By the way, GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress is on sale for a limited time. Just $1/month!)
If you have a Windows PC, you can cut the cable cord and still watch loads of cable shows on your TV, computer, tablet, and/or mobile phone (Android or iOS) with PlayOn Plus. Seriously. You can also record shows, skips ads, access additional shows through a Roku, stream shows from your computer to your TV, and more. And even if you keep your cable subscription (as we did), you can ditch the monthly DVR fee (which we did), because PlayOn Plus comes with one that works with your computer. (LJ watches a lot of telly for her British TV and Euro TV blogs, and PlayOn Plus is indispensable for her.) We got the lifetime plan, as it’s the best deal: the one-time fee lets us use PlayOn Plus in perpetuity, and its cost is the same as what we would have paid for just one year of service on the monthly plan. (The basic PlayOn is free, but its functionality is limited.)
A paperless society isn’t happening anytime soon, and materials from business cards to marketing brochures are clearly still being printed and handed out. If you’ve ever used a certain well-known digital printing company, then you’ve probably noticed, as we did, that its quality is less than stellar. At PsPrint, on the other hand, it’s fabulous, which is why we’ve been using them for years. And for a limited time, you can take 15% off all products by using the code AFALL at check-out.
A VPN is a virtual private network that encrypts your internet connections and helps to protect your online privacy from snoops, hackers, and the like. It even bypasses geo-restrictions, so you can access international websites. vyprVPN is the fastest VPN in the world, bar none, and it works on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOs devices, as well as routers to protect your entire network. If you’d like to try it out for free, you can!
WOT stands for Web of Trust, and this free and popular browser extension (more than 138 million downloads as of this writing) is invaluable for your internet safety by helping to protect you from online scams. What is does is show green (safe), yellow (use with caution), and red (untrustworthy) indicators for each site that appears in search engine results, to let you know which links are fine to click on and which aren’t. WOT is available for the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers.