Soft­ware, Apps & Tools You Need TODAY To Prevent Prob­lems TOMORROW

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Tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing so fast it can feel be­wil­der­ing. Ev­ery year sees new de­vices, threats, soft­ware and apps that make it seem like we’re in a sci-fi fu­ture as imag­ined in the 1960s (mi­nus fly­ing cars).

It’s hard to make pre­dic­tions be­yond the next few months, but we can make good as­sump­tions about how you can pre­pare your­self for 2018, help­ing you thrive no mat­ter what Mi­crosoft, Google and oth­ers throw at you. Which is why we’ve pre­pared this guide to the free soft­ware, apps and down­loads we think you’ll need.

Some of th­ese tools will be new to you, oth­ers will be old favourites. But they’ve all got some­thing spe­cial that’ll make them es­sen­tial in 2018. Sev­eral are ex­cel­lent re­place­ments for pro­grams that are due to close. There are also tools that put you back in con­trol of your PC should Mi­crosoft’s up­com­ing changes not suit you. And we couldn’t ig­nore se­cu­rity soft­ware that will pro­tect you from 2018’s biggest threats. But there’s more to download from the web than pro­grams. In the fi­nal sec­tion of this fea­ture we rec­om­mend a mis­cel­lany of down­load­able treats that will prove more use­ful than ever next year. Th­ese in­clude free fonts, maps, BBC shows, pho­tos and Win­dows 10 themes. Be­fore you get started, we rec­om­mend you in­stall a tool that au­to­mat­i­cally up­dates soft­ware to the lat­est (and the­o­ret­i­cally safest) ver­sion. Our choice is Kaspersky Soft­ware Up­dater, which is free from You al­ready have this tool if Kaspersky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity (win­ner of our past nine an­tivirus tests) is in­stalled on your com­puter. If not, please turn to page 68 for our ex­clu­sive reader of­fer, which knocks 43 per cent off the price.

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