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Recommended Software, Apps, Tools and Techniques

We share links here to software, tools, and services that we use and recommend for the benefit of our family, friends, and customers.

Recommended Web Browsers:

These are more secure and stable web browsers than Microsoft's Internet Explorer (aka. Exploder!)

For the truely security conscious (aka. paranoid), check out TOR (The Onion Router) project. Anonymity Online! Protect your privacy. Defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis. Be sure to read ALL of their recommendations, if you wish to remain as anonymous as possible while you are online.

Protect your Internet traffic, your computer, and personal information when using a public open (unencrypted) Wi-Fi hotspot.
(like those at Starbucks or McDonalds)

If you must use a free/open WiFi hotspot, we highly recommend the use of PrivateTunnel VPN. A VPN is a virtual private network that creates an encrypted and secure link between your computer and the VPN server supporting the other end of the connection. This, in turn, protects your computer and Internet traffic from eavesdroppers (packet sniffers) on open WiFi hotspots seeking to collect your usernames, passwords, and other private information from you!

Secure your communciations, protect your privacy, stop malware and malicious attacks, access Internet content that is blocked by certain countries, and more!

FREE & Open Source Apache OpenOffice Suite:

What is it and why should you use it?

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets,presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages (such as Microsoft Office). It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Small business VoIP Phone Service - Ooma:

Is your small business seeking an affordable, flexible and powerful phone system? Maybe you don't desire to be tied to Comcast or Verizon FIOS triple play bundles? Then check out this great VoIP phone service from Ooma! I've used their service for 3 years now and I'm very satisifed with the call quality and the features they provide. The features are even more powerful than what Verizion FIOS Digital Voice provides and at a better cost too!

Their home VoIP phone service is a great value too!
Check them out today!

Automotive Mileage Tracking with TripLog:

Are you a business owner? Do you need to keep track of business, charitable and personal mileage use of your vehicle or fleet? Then check out TripLog GPS Mileage Tracker!!! It's available for iOS and Android, plus you can sign up to manage your account via a web interface and standard computer. (for those with older eyes) ;-)
It's awesome! I use it nearly every day and your CPA will appreciate it too.

Were these links helpful to you?
Let us know what other types of tools you may be seeking and if we might have any recommendations for you and we'll post them here.