Most apps these days are trying to find its way to get the most out of your wallet. It’s hard to keep track of where all the hard-earned cash is heading.
While there’s a lot of premium, subscription-based apps that are worth your money, such as Amazon Prime and cloud backup providers Office 365 for small business, there’s a whole treasure trove of those that you really don’t need. Here are some popular paid services that you can just let go to save some money.
Google Drive and DropBox
Cloud storage is fantastic, but to tell you the truth, you probably don’t need to shell out for it. Google Drive has 15 GB worth of space you can get for free, Dropbox has 2 GB. If you add up these services and you’ll have a huge space for storage that you can use without spending a dime.
To help you keep track of stuff, try keeping one type of file in for each service. For example, you can store your pictures in Dropbox, and your documents in Google Drive. It may mean having to install more apps, but that’s a small price to pay if you’re aiming to save money. You can also utilize cloud storage managers to monitor everything when you use multiple services.
If the two aren’t giving you enough space, always remember that there are alternative providers. Box can provide you with 10 GB for free, MEGA has 50 GB, and iDrive will give you 5 GB more for storage.
YouTube Red provides you with premium access to YouTube. It doesn’t have ads and allows you to download videos for offline viewing. It also gives you access to all-new YouTube original shows, which are, so sad to say, disappointing. Also, the $10/month cost is hard to justify unless you’re really that hooked and addicted to YouTube.
Most Commercial Pro Anti-Virus
After the WannaCry onslaught, there’s been a lot of malware and online security misinformation going on in the internet. Believing these myths can be quite hazardous.
Pro-antivirus such as Avast and AVG, market and sell features such as “system cleanup,” “safe shopping,” and even email spam protection that you can always get with free tools. The important and critical part of installing an antivirus is the real-time protection it provides, which almost all free solutions can give you. You’ll probably have to bear with a few irritating screens if you go with a free antivirus, but that’s nothing to give a fuss about.
If you really want to use the extra features we’ve listed above for free, use Windows tools to free up your storage space, get tips from people in IT security services in Australia for hacks on safe online shopping, and research on methods on how to put a halt to email spam.
It’s always good to know that there are free options to nearly every piece of software, and shifting to them can save you a whole lot of cash in the long run.