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Basic Business Software

 

The 9 software programs you must have to build and promote your business. Find out the cheapest (or free), best and most popular software serving our needs.

 

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>  Web Browser
>  Internet Security (Firewall)

>  Anti-Virus Software
>  FTP Software

>  PDF Reader
>  Spreadsheet Software

>  Email Reading Software
>  Compression & Extraction Software

>  Form Auto-Filler & Password Manager

 

 

Web Browser
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You need a web browser to view web pages on the Internet. The most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape Communicator. More than 90% people use IE while others are using Netscape Communicator and other browsers. Both browsers support Windows and Mac.

We recommend you to install both so that you can how your web site will look like in both browsers. You need to make sure your web site works fine for both.

If you are interested, you might also be interested in testing in two other web browsers, NCSA Mosaic and Opera, which are still used by some people.

 
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer web site
     
Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • For both Windows and Mac. It should come with Windows 2000/Me/XP
  • Download software

  • Cost: $0

 

 

Visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer web site

 

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Netscape Communicator
Visit the Netscape Communicator web site
     
Netscape Communicator
  • For both Windows and Mac.
  • Download software

  • Cost: $0

 

 

Visit the Netscape Communicator web site

 

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NCSA Mosaic
Visit the NCSA Mosaic for Windows web site
Visit the NCSA Mosaic for Mac web site  
     
  • Separate packages for Windows and Mac. Please download the right package according to your computer system.
  • Download software

  • Cost: $0

 

 

Visit the NCSA Mosaic for Windows web site

 
 

Visit the NCSA Mosaic for Mac web site

 

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Opera
Visit the Opera web site
     
Opera Web Browser
  • This download is for both Windows and Mac.
  • Download software

  • Cost: $0

 

 

Visit the Opera web site

 

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Internet Security (Firewall)
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As long as you are connected to the Internet, you need a firewall to protect you from virus, hacker attack, spam, adware, spyware, identification theft, etc. It is crucial that you have Internet Security software that protects your computer from malicious attack 365/24/7.

 
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus
Visit the McAfee Personal Firewall Plus web site
     
McAfee Personal Firewall Plus
  • One of the best Firewall software. It’s used by Hotmail’s anti-spam service.
  • Suggestions: We recommend that you also add Anti-Virus protection by check corresponding box when you order McAfee Personal Firewall Plus so that you don't have to order Anti-Virus software again.

  • Cost: $34.99 USD w/o VirusScan anti-virus protection
               $64.98 USD w/ VirusScan anti-virus protection (recommend!)

 

 

Visit the McAfee Personal Firewall Plus web site

 

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Norton Internet Security
Visit the Norton Internet Security web site
     
Norton Internet Security
  • Symantec’s product. One of the best Internet Security software. The package includes: Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton AntiSpam and Norton Parental Control.

    Although you can buy directly from Symantec’s home page, you can get better deals if you follow our link to TechDepot and order it directly. At the time of this writing, you can get a $30 USD mail in rebate. 
  • Suggestions: Please be aware that you do NOT need to buy Norton AntiVirus software since it is already included in this package.

  • Cost: $39.95 (after $30 mail in rebate)

 

 

Visit the Norton Internet Security web site

 

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Anti-Virus Software
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Please notice that if you order the McAfee’s Personal Firewall package WITH its Anti-Virus Protection, or you order Norton Internet Security package which already includes Norton Anti-Virus, you don’t need to order Anti-Virus software separately. Otherwise, please check out our recommended Anti-Virus software.

 
McAfee VirusScan Anti-Virus Software
Visit the McAfee VirusScan Anti-Virus Software web site
     
McAfee VirusScan Anti-Virus Software
  • One of the best anti-virus software. It’s used by Hotmail’s anti-spam service.
  • Suggestions: if you already ordered the McAfee’s Personal Firewall package WITH VirusScan anti-virus Protection, you don’t need to order Anti-Virus software separately.

  • Cost: $34.99, annual subscription (w/o Personal Firewall Plus anti-hacker protection)
               $64.98, annual subscription (w/ Personal Firewall Plus anti-hacker protection)

 

 

Visit the McAfee VirusScan Anti-Virus Software web site

 

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Norton AntiVirus
Visit the Norton AntiVirus web site
     
Norton AntiVirus
  • Symantec’s product. The world's most trusted antivirus software.

    Although you can buy directly from Symantec’s home page, you can get better deals if you follow our link to TechDepot and order it directly. At the time of this writing, you can get a $20 USD mail in rebate. 
  • Suggestions: Norton Internet Security package already includes Norton AntiVirus. If you already ordered Norton Internet Security, you don't need to order Norton AntiVirus.

  • Cost: $26.95 (after $20 mail in rebate)

 

 

Visit the Norton AntiVirus web site

 

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FTP Software
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You need FTP software to transfer files between your computer and web hosting server. Although most web hosts provide facility to upload and manage files on your web hosting server, it is very inconvenient to upload many files at the same time because you have to do it one file at a time. So FTP software is a MUST have tool.

 
CuteFTP Pro
Visit the CuteFTP Pro web site
     
CuteFTP Pro
  • CuteFTP is one of the most popular and powerful FTP software available.

    CuteFTP is intuitive and includes several nice features, such as allowing you to construct a "queue" of files to transfer. You can add new files to the end of the line, which means you can continuously transfer files in different folders, as long as you're transferring them to the same folder.

    CuteFTP also makes saving multiple server profiles easy. If you manage multiple websites, this is a must.

     It supports Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    Save 30% by following our link.
  • Free Trial: 30 days

  • Cost: $41.99 (30% off)
 

 

 

visit the CuteFTP Pro web site

 

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PDF Reader
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Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. PDF is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Adobe® PDF files are compact and complete, and can be shared, viewed, and printed by anyone with free Adobe Reader® software.

 
Adobe Reader
Visit the Adobe Reader web site
     
Adobe Reader
  • The Adobe Reader is free software for viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format files on all major platforms.
  • Free Downloadable Software

  • Cost: $0

 

 

 

Visit the Adobe Reader web site

 

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Spreadsheet Software
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You need spreadsheet software to keep track of:

  • Keywords for your market research, search engine optimization, pay per click search engine campaigns
     

  • Information of all the affiliate programs you have joined including affiliate links, merchant URL, log in information, commission rate, and etc.
     

  • Site Content when you plan for your web site

You’ll also feel the need to use spreadsheet for other purposes from time to time. I personally use Microsoft Excel as my spreadsheet tool since it’s included in Microsoft Office bundle which I bought. If you already have Microsoft Office, then you don’t need to download or buy anything. Otherwise, I recommend you to download EasyOffice which is just like Microsoft Office suite. It is compatible with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and PDF files.

 
EasyOffice
Visit the EasyOffice web site
     
EasyOffice
  • EasyOffice is an office suite compatible with Microsoft Word and Excel and Adobe PDF files. It functions as a complete standalone office suite, but will coexist well with Microsoft Office. Programs include:
    • EasyWord (a word processor for DOC, RTF, HTML, and PDF files),

    • Easyspreadsheet (for XLS files)

    • Easypresentation (a PowerPoint-like presentation tool),

    • EasyDictionary (a full-reference dictionary),

    • Easybookkeeper (for accounting),
       

    • EasyPad (a Notepad replacement),
       

    • And many other modules.

     

  • Downloadable Software

  • Free trial available: Fully functional
  • Cost: $0 (free version) or $28 (paid version)

 

 

 

Visit the EasyOffice web site

 

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Email Reading Software
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When you have your own Internet business, you usually have more than one email accounts and hundreds of incoming email. You need email software which can receive email from all the different email accounts and keep them in an organized manner. We highly recommend Eudora as your email program.

 
Eudora
Visit the Eudora web site
     
  • Eudora is one of the best email software I’ve ever used. Compared to Outlook Express, Eudora has many better features:
    • Its anti-spam feature automatically filters suspicious emails into junk mailbox;

    • You can set up unlimited filters based on sender, subject or certain words, to keep you away from spam;

    • You can set up different mailboxes and use filters to transfer email to corresponding mailboxes automatically;

    • And many other good features.

    Eudora has a sponsored version which is fully functional and FREE. They have different packages for Windows and Mac. Make sure that you download the right package.

  • Downloadable Software

  • Free version available (sponsored mode)
  • Cost: $0 (sponsored mode) or $39.95/$49.95 (paid version)
     

 

 

Visit the Eudora web site

 

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Compression & Extraction Tool
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Sometimes files are compressed to reduce their sizes so that they will take less space and Internet bandwidth. People may also compress several files into a “zip” file so you only need to download ONE zip file instead of several files. Then you need extraction tool to extract the compressed file.


For Windows:
 
WinZip
Visit the WinZip web site
     
WinZip
  • WinZip is the most popular compression and extraction software for Windows system. It’s been downloaded for more than 120 million.
  • Downloadable Software

  • Free evaluation version available (90 days)
  • Cost: $0 (evaluation version) or $29
     

 

 

Visit the WinZip web site

 

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For Mac:

 
Stuffit Expander
Visit the Stuffit Expander web site
     
Stuffit Expander
  • Stuffit Expander is the compression and unzip tool for Macintosh users (actually they have products for both Windows and Mac). Please click on the following link and you can download the standard version which is free.
  • Downloadable Software

  • Free trial available
  • Cost: $0 (free trial) or $49.99
     

 

 

Visit the Stuffit Expander web site

 

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Form Auto-Filler and Password Manager
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This is a must-have tool which will make your daily job much easier. You often need to fill in different forms online from time to time, especially when you apply for affiliate programs. You’ll find it very time-consuming each time to input the same information again and again: name, address, email, URL, user name, password, etc. But with Form Auto-Filler and Password Manager, you only need to click a button and it will automatically fill in the form for you.

Another use of this kind of tool is to save username and password for you. From time to time you need to log in to your affiliate accounts to check how much you’ve earned, the status of you pay-per-click search engine campaigns, get the HTML code to put on your web site, etc. It is not possible to remember all the usernames and passwords. Of course you can keep them in a TXT document, but it is very hard to manage the data.

I highly recommend AI RoboForm for this purpose.

 
AI RoboForm
Visit the AI RoboForm web site
     
AI RoboForm
  • AI RoboForm is the best Form Auto-Filler and Password Manager we have seen. Its main features:
    • AutoSave passwords in browser.
    • AutoFill passwords to login form.

    • Fill personal info into online forms.

    • Save offline passwords & notes.
       

    • Generate Secure Random Passwords.

    • Encrypt passwords and personal info using 3-DES.

    • All personal info is stored on your computer only.

    • Put passwords on USB KeyChain for extra security.
       

    • Sync your passwords and safenotes to a Palm.
       

    • Backup & Restore, Print your passwords.

    As you can see, you can set up password so that no others can use it on your computer. It’s very safe to use it.

    You can download the free version (with some limitations) or buy the Pro version.

  • Downloadable Software

  • Free trial available (with limitations)
  • Cost: $0 (free trial) or $29.99
     

 

 

Visit the AI RoboForm web site

 

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