Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC

If you use Windows 10 then you’re probably relying on the built-in antivirus and security software called Windows Defender. But if you want something a little more powerful and feature-rich, then have a look at Sophos Home. Sophos is a well-known supplier of security software to companies around the world, but you may not be familiar with their name as they don’t sell to individual users.

They do, though, have a home-use product which they actually give away for free. And because it’s basically the same as the business product which they sell, it’s pretty good.  Read More

If You Can’t Type, Then Just Click 2 Speak

If you have a physical disability that makes it difficult to use a traditional PC keyboard, or you look after someone who does, take a look at Click2Speak. It’s an on-screen keyboard, with predictive text that works like a mobile phone, that lets you create and store a library of sentences. You can then have the PC speak any of those sentences out loud, with a single click.

If you find yourself thinking that this is probably rather like the system that the late Professor Stephen Hawking famously used, then yes. You’re right. It’s just like that.

Click2Speak is free, and It’s a 17 MB download, works with Windows 7/8/10, and is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and the download site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust.

Of course, you can drive it with a mouse if the user is capable of using one. If not, it will also work with any other device that can emulate a mouse, of which many are available for purchase in relevant stores. These include pointers, joysticks, headsets, foot pedals, and so on. Or if you are good at making things, you could probably even adapt an existing mouse into a custom system. Read More

Our Hot Finds Editor, Robert Schifreen Bids Farewell.

Robert Schifreen has been a Senior Editor with Gizmo’s Freeware pretty much since the site began and has been a prolific contributor via his Hot Finds column.

In recent months Robert moved to Portugal from the U.K. as part of his intended retirement. Over the Easter weekend Robert announced that he is stepping down as Senior Editor in order to more fully enjoy the new phase of his life.

Gizmo’s Freeware and its readers will miss Robert’s contributions but we understand his situation fully and wish him all happiness for the future.

Senior Editor Rhiannon will take over the bulk of work associated Robert’s Hot Finds column and she will be assisted by myself and other Gizmo’s Freeware editors.

Robert’s farewell to Gizmo’s Freeware and its readers is now online and can be read by clicking this article. If you have enjoyed Robert’s contributions over the years, feel free to post a comment.  Read More

A CCTV System For Your PC Screen

You know how it is. You have a vague memory of having seen a really neat toaster recommended on a web site a few days ago, but you thought nothing of it. And then today your toaster blows up and you need a new one, but you can’t remember where you saw that recommendation.

Wouldn’t it be handy if you could just wind back through a continual recording of your PC’s screen activity in order to see the web page you were looking at?

If such a facility sounds useful, then check out a really neat application called Auto Screenshotter. You’ll find it at the Donation Coder website  and it’s a 4 MB download which works just fine under Windows 7 and above. The file is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and the download site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust.

Just install it, tell it where to save your screen shots and how often to take a picture, then just leave it to get on with the job. I’m actually using it on my main PC right now and it’s been working flawlessly.

The program is free, although the developer asks for a donation which is optional. Full details are on the web site.  Read More

(Firefox Launches Extension To Help Maintain Facebook Privacyuntitled)

You have probably been reading recently about the way that millions of users’ information on Facebook was harvested for marketing and political purposes. A subsequent story has also revealed that Facebook stores details of all the people you contact and phone via its Messenger service.

Let’s be clear here. Facebook is a data company. They make money selling adverts, and the more accurately they can target those adverts then the more money they make from advertisers. If you “like” a page on Facebook that’s about cars, and lots of your friends “like” those pages too, and if you use Facebook Messenger to contact people who “like” cars, then you’re going to see a lot of adverts for cars. That’s the way that Facebook works.

If you’re worried about how Facebook uses your data, and you use Firefox, then check out a brand new extension called Facebook Container. While it doesn’t prevent Facebook from getting to know more about you, it does prevent Facebook from being able to access data and cookies from other sites. Normally, web sites get to share data about their users because each web site uses the same advertising network, and so the controls that normally prevent one site from seeing another site’s cookies don’t apply. But Facebook Container helps to block that. So your likes and preferences on other web sites won’t find their way into Facebook’s databases, and vice versa.

You can read more about this extension, and download it from the Mozilla website. The extension is free.