For my Computer course at the University of Phoenix, we created our top 5 applications for the year. Part of the requirements were that we had to justify them. I’m presenting my list here, along with a request for other people’s lists. As new applications are pointed out to me, I’m planning on checking them out. Who knows… Maybe I’ll have a new list in a few weeks. So, without further ado, my list:
I’m more of a free and Open Source type of person. But some of my top 5 are paid software.
Office 2007 - If you’re new to Office, then this version is actually easier to use than the previous versions. However if you’ve been using it for a while, there’s a learning curve to the ribbon. But since Microsoft is dominating the market for Productivity Suites, you’ll want to use a program that’s compatible with their formats natively.
Open Office Org 3.0 – This does the same thing as Office (for the most part), but is free. While it doesn’t natively support the Microsoft Office formats, it does a very good job of interpreting them. And it comes with an HTML Editor, which is a decent alternative to the Microsoft offerings.
Avast Antivirus - Mainly I like Avast because it’s free. Their detection rate is on par with Norton and McAfee, and it’s not as much of a resource hog. This combined with a good firewall, a good antispyware program, and safe surfing habits should get you through without having to spend a lot of money. Along the lines of Avast, I also like AVG for the same reasons.
Comodo Pro Firewall - I recently did a comparison of personal firewalls, and this was the top of the line free version. It’s scores were in the 90% range on the tests, where Norton, Trend Micro, Zone Alarm, and even Sunbelt (my old favorite) were in the lower ranges. One more thing I like about Comodo is that it brings in it’s own antispyware program. The results and test data can be found at http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php. Don’t go for the Comodo Firewall Pro Plus version, as that’s their pay version.
Firefox with NoScript - Firefox is one of the three great browsers. With No-Script, it’s a lot safer than even Internet Explorer. As someone mentioned about cheat code sites, I’ve visited a few in the past, and no-script kept them from downloading anything on my computer. Of course it also depends on the user to leave the scripts blocked. Firefox also has add-ons for a lot of the things we do today. Although it’s not very compatible with the UoP website. If it’s a site that I’m not sure about or know is going to try and drop something, I use Firefox to surf there.
I’ve got a lot more favorites like Password Managers and such. But these are the five that I use most of all.
Now that I’ve listed mine, let’s hear your lists. Comment or e-mail me with them, and I’ll look into them and post about them.
Have a great day:)