Category Archives: Freebies

KEEPASS Password Database : Freebie

Keepass password database

Keepass Password Database is a must have password manager for all platforms:  Windows, Mac, Linux, Andriod, iOS 

Keepass password database can solve you password problems.  Also it can be used in conjunction with Dropbox (see Dropbox post for more info) and you can have secure access to your password safe file on all of your computers and mobile devices at once.

From the Keepass password database site: “Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, website, etc. Unimaginable.
KeePass Password Database is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page.”


CRASHPLAN IS A MUST HAVE – Data Backup Software for all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux)

A lot of people ask me how they should back up their data.  Well I have an answer and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

My outline for a successful backup system, geared toward the home office, is a dual backup strategy consisting of both:
1.  Local backup – This can be an external disk, usb/flash drive, or another computer.  This provides quick, easy and fast access to backup data with the trade off of being prone to theft, fire, and flood.
2. Remote (offsite) backup – This provides ultimate safety of your important data by avoiding theft, fire, and flooding.  If you backup remotely, you can forego a local backup solution as long as you are comfortable with a longer delay in file backups and recovery (depending on your upload/download speeds).

Initial Remote backups will take a long time to copy all data offsite (personally took 65 days for my ~250GB of data) but once the initial backup is complete subsequent backups are super fast and done during idle CPU times, and with Crashplan there is no bandwidth limit no matter how much data you have.

Here’s where you can easily start, at virtually no cost:  CRASHPLAN

Crashplan allows you to backup to multiple locations:

  • Local computer or external drive
  • Remote (offsite) computer running Crashplan
  • Remote cloud system (paid service)
The beauty of Crashplan’s software is that it allows you to backup to local disks and computers, or even a friend or family member’s computer for FREE!  If you need to backup your mother’s computer, just install Crashplan and point it to your computer.  Crashplan will backup her files to a location on your computer that you specify and it will be encrypted which provides her some privacy.  You can point your backups to a local external drive or even to another friend’s computer.  All of this for FREE!  The software is easy to use and has no file limits, or drive limitations, and, if you subscribe CrashPlan offers UNLIMITED storage space.
You can also choose, like I do, to subscribe to the online cloud back up solution of Crashplan+.  This is a very cost competitive solution!  Crashplan is the backup choice for some major players too like: Google, Cisco, Adobe, and Oracle.

Freebie: DROPBOX

DROPBOX IS A MUST HAVE – Always have your stuff when you need it with Dropbox.

2GB account is free!
Follow this link to set up your own Dropbox account:

Dropbox is easy to set up and comes with 2GB of storage space free.  Plus, there are numerous ways to increase that storage space at no cost.  Dropbox creates a shared folder between your computers (mac, windows, and linux) and mobile phones (android and ios) making it SUPER EASY to share files between all devices.  Dropbox also offers a offers a web portal to retrieve files from other PCs which don’t have Dropbox installed.

I find Dropbox useful for storing my travel itineraries.  I don’t have to carry around extra paperwork when travelling, and I can still easily view the information on my mobile phone and any updates immediately replicate to my other shared computers and phones.  I also store an encrypted password file on Dropbox (see KEEPASS post for more info), so that no matter where I am I can access my passwords for all my accounts.

Always have your stuff when you need it with Dropbox.  2GB account is free!
Follow this link to set up your own Dropbox account:

Freebie: OpenOffice

Microsoft Office cost too much?

If you need an awesome alternative to Microsoft Office, trust OpenOffice

OpenOffice offers a full suite of office software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Don’t worry that you won’t be able to share documents with your friends and co-workers. OpenOffice is able to open all Microsoft Office documents, as well as save documents in a format that Microsoft Office users can use too. They won’t even know the file was created by different software.

OpenOffice has been around for years. It is available on almost any computer system (Windows/Mac/Linux and more). It does EVERYTHING that Microsoft Office can do, and MORE… Best of all its Free! OpenOffice is easy to install easy to use and support is easy to find by searching their site. Give OpenOffice a try and say good bye to Microsoft forced upgrade costs.