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Essential Software

If you are just getting started then you might not know about all of these. They are, for me, absolutely essential software programs that I use daily and sometimes more than that. They are all free, although I do recommend you upgrade to the paid version of the last one. I use Windows exclusively. Some of these are multi-platform but Mac users will have to check.

LastPass

This is an absolute must have. You cannot possibly generate and remember all the passwords you are going to need and use. LastPass can and does. It can create secure passwords, when you can’t think of one, save them and fill in your login details automatically. And everything is secure. It is a must-use bit of software that you cannot afford not to have. Especially as it costs nothing. Get it here:  https://lastpass.com/

VLC Media Player

Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. This will play back 99% of media that you are likely to encounter. For an Internet Marketer it has one really useful feature, amongst others. You can speed up, (or slow down), the replay of videos. And you can select the speed. Download those webinar replays, (see IDManager below) and speed up the playback or skip forward. No more jerky replays and you’ll save yourself hours of precious time. Download it here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

IrfanView

If I said that IrfanView was a graphic viewer you might well say ‘so what’. But it is so much more than that. With it you can scan, cut/crop, use effects, resize and convert. The list goes on and on. It’ll cost you nothing so download it and give it a try. It is another real time saver. www.irfanview.com

7-Zip

It opens or unpacks more formats than WinZip. And the compression ration better. It just works better than any other. Get it here: http://www.7-zip.org/

Notepad++

There are hundreds of Notepads or Text Editors out there. And you are going to need one of them in order to view, copy and paste code etc. Yes, you will do that! Notepad++, one of the most popular and better rated, replaces your Windows Notepad and does everything you will ever need. You can get that here: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Internet Download Manager

ID Manager speeds up downloads by anything up to 5 x faster. But perhaps more importantly, it will download many videos, trainings, replays and the like that you wouldn’t normally be able to download. Even when the site does not provide a download link, as soon as it starts playing IDM will recognise the files and you can then download. It has all sorts of settings, bells and whistles. Download the trial version and give it a whirl. When you’ve done that I would strongly recommend you pay and upgrade. You won’t regret it. Read more about it and download here http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/  And this is not an affiliate link!

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