All the fancy gadgets in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t have any software to run on them. There’s no shortage of free software available for download on the Internet, but it’s hard to know what’s reliable. There are plenty of harmful products masquerading as helpful ones, and there are plenty of products that mean no harm but are poorly designed. What to do? It’s not wise just to download recklessly and it only takes one fatal mistake to ruin your new device.
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Fortunately there are reputable sites that do the dirty work for you and whose opinion you can trust. Everyone has their favorite; one good choice is CNET. CNET is composed of many technology-minded folks who are up to date on all things in the tech world. They do product reviews with star ratings and lists of pros and cons that make it easy to get a sense of something’s worth. CNET also does comparative reviews, so you can see the relative strengths and weaknesses of competing products and decide which is best for you.
In terms of software, this is a real boon. If you’re looking for a well-designed free audio program, CNET reviews the various options (Audacity is a good choice). If you want to know what is the best Internet security program, you’ll find exhaustive coverage on CNET. Whatever your interest, if it’s technology related it’s likely to be covered. Best of all, CNET provides links to download the various products, so you can find what’s good and get it too, all in the same place.