As the famous proverb says, the best things in life are free. These 10 utilities may not change your life, but theyre all helpful with a particular aspect of networking and none of them will cost you a dime. (Unless otherwise noted, the utilities listed here are Windows-only.)
When you want to get help with a computer problem from a friend or help a friend with a problemyou can use the Windows Remote Assistance feature, but it doesnt always work reliably through routers and firewalls.
CrossLoop, on the other hand, makes providing or receiving remote support a cinch. This remote desktop utility lets you view or control someones system (with their permission, of course) allows file transfers, and does it all over an encrypted link. CrossLoop installs quickly, works through firewalls with little to no configuration, and lets you connect to others using randomly generated 12-digit access codes.
There are plenty of places on the Web where you can store many gigabytes worth of files. Accessing such cloud-based storage usually involves logging onto a service via a browser and/or using a custom UI in order to transfer files, but Gladinet Starter Edition gives you a more convenient alternative.
Gladinet Starter Edition lets you access various online storage services as virtual directories, so you can get to your files right from My Computer on the Windows desktop. (The utility currently supports Amazon S3, ADrive, Google Docs and Picasa, and Windows Live SkyDrive).
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