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Best Linux distros 2022
The best Linux distros
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2022

Whether it's for desktop, server or security, there's bound to be a Linux distro for you
17 Mar 2022
Microsoft Defender review: Effective, effortless protection for zero cost
Windows Defender screenshot
antivirus

Microsoft Defender review: Effective, effortless protection for zero cost

The interface is clunky in places, but Windows 10’s built-in protection is amazingly effective
3 Dec 2021
Avast Antivirus Free review: Our free favourite for older Windows PCs
A screenshot of Avast Antivirus Free
antivirus

Avast Antivirus Free review: Our free favourite for older Windows PCs

Effective free antivirus that’ll work on operating systems all the way back to Windows 7
9 Nov 2021
McAfee Total Protection review: Expensive at full price
A screenshot of McAfee Total Protection
antivirus

McAfee Total Protection review: Expensive at full price

Protects your PC and includes a decent firewall, but costly and less effective than some rivals
2 Nov 2021
F-Secure Safe review: Simple security struggles to outdo Defender
A screenshot of F-Secure Safe's main dashboard
antivirus

F-Secure Safe review: Simple security struggles to outdo Defender

F-Secure Safe doesn’t have the protection or features to stand out against its rivals.
25 Oct 2021
Kaspersky Internet Security review: Powerful, highly configurable protection
A screenshot of Kaspersky Internet Security's main dashboard
antivirus

Kaspersky Internet Security review: Powerful, highly configurable protection

Easy to use, efficient and accurate malware defense for users who want to personalise their protection
19 Oct 2021
1Password Business review: First choice for business travel and guest accounts
A screenshot of 1Password's password management vault
Security

1Password Business review: First choice for business travel and guest accounts

1Password provides a great user experience, but its entry level tier in particular lacks some surprising features
16 Jul 2021
Keeper Security review: Keeps corporate password management simple
A screenshot of Keeper Security
Software

Keeper Security review: Keeps corporate password management simple

Very polished business password management includes free lifetime personal accounts for all your users
9 Jul 2021
Dashlane review: A very web-focused password manager
A screenshot of Dashlane's password management console
Security

Dashlane review: A very web-focused password manager

A polished password manager with slightly limited platform support but plenty of security features
2 Jul 2021
LastPass review: Great to administrate, a little clunky to use
Screenshot of LastPass password vault
Software

LastPass review: Great to administrate, a little clunky to use

LastPass has the most comprehensive admin portal around but it’s excessively browser-focused
25 Jun 2021
Bitwarden review: Worth paying for
A screenshot of Bitwarden's password management interface
Software

Bitwarden review: Worth paying for

The competitively priced newcomer is at the forefront of password management
18 Jun 2021
Facebook Workplace review: Are you ready for Facebook’s social office?
Facebook Workplace review - newsfeed
collaboration

Facebook Workplace review: Are you ready for Facebook’s social office?

The corporate version of Facebook does a lot, much of it well, but its comms and events need more polish
18 Mar 2021
Seagate IronWolf 510 ZP1920NM30001 (1.92TB) review: Built for business
Seagate IronWolf 510 ZP1920NM30001 (1.92TB)
solid state storage (SSD)

Seagate IronWolf 510 ZP1920NM30001 (1.92TB) review: Built for business

Built for SMB NAS caching, this NVMe drive is pricey but has a massive lifespan
14 Jan 2021
Basecamp 3 review: More molehill than mountain
A screenshot of Basecamp 3's main user interface screen
project management software

Basecamp 3 review: More molehill than mountain

Basic project management and collaboration tools wrapped into a tidy web and mobile interface
30 Nov 2020
Slack review: Free your business comms
Slack Header
collaboration

Slack review: Free your business comms

The industry-leading business chat system stands up to its big-name rivals
19 May 2020
Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Business-friendly freeware
backup software

Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Business-friendly freeware

This popular backup tool hasn’t been abandoned but it feels a little dated and lacks proper backup restoration features
23 Mar 2020
Areca Backup review: Capable but flawed
backup software

Areca Backup review: Capable but flawed

A powerful file-level backup and recovery tool that requires a little too much user intervention to automate
19 Mar 2020
Duplicati review: Our new favourite backup tool
backup software

Duplicati review: Our new favourite backup tool

A cutting edge file-level backup utility with a browser-based interface that’s easy to install and use on any desktop OS
13 Mar 2020
EaseUS ToDo Backup Free 12.0 review: Enterprise-unfriendly
backup software

EaseUS ToDo Backup Free 12.0 review: Enterprise-unfriendly

One of the few file-level backup tools to also provide disk imaging, but you’ll see a lot of upgrade adverts
10 Mar 2020
Amazon Web Services review
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services review

Amazon's one cloud service provider to rule them all isn't always the most economical option for SMBs
2 Aug 2019
Microsoft Azure review
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Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure review

A clear and cost-effective path for deploying your Microsoft office network in the cloud
19 Jul 2019
Salesforce Essentials review
A screenshot of the Salesforce Essentials CRM interface
software as a service (SaaS)

Salesforce Essentials review

The SMB edition of one of the world's most popular sales tools dials down both cost and complexity
11 Jun 2019
Microsoft Teams review: A no-brainer for Microsoft shops
Microsoft Teams
Software

Microsoft Teams review: A no-brainer for Microsoft shops

Existing Office 365 subscribers will love this - others, not so much
23 May 2019
Best Making Tax Digital software 2019: Make sure your accounting is MTD-compliant
man at desk with laptop taxes
accounting

Best Making Tax Digital software 2019: Make sure your accounting is MTD-compliant

The best cloud accounts packages for dealing with HMRC’s new tax rules
29 Apr 2019
FreshBooks review: Slick, but shallow
A screenshot of the FreshBooks accounting software interface
software as a service (SaaS)

FreshBooks review: Slick, but shallow

Cloud accounting designed for freelancers and service-based small enterprises
23 Apr 2019
FreeAgent review: Financial software you can count on
A screenshot of the FreeAgent financial software interface
software as a service (SaaS)

FreeAgent review: Financial software you can count on

A hugely feature-packed small business cloud accounting suite, based in the UK
17 Apr 2019
Xero review: Xero to (almost) hero
A screenshot of the Xero accounting software interface
software as a service (SaaS)

Xero review: Xero to (almost) hero

Comprehensive cloud accounting that's particularly well suited to sales-based businesses
15 Mar 2019
Zoho Books review: Everything but the kitchen sink
A screenshot of Zoho Books accounting software
software as a service (SaaS)

Zoho Books review: Everything but the kitchen sink

A relatively low-cost accounting suite with a huge range of features at all tiers, but lacking integrated payroll
11 Mar 2019
Intuit QuickBooks review: Quick to impress
Intuit Quickbooks
software as a service (SaaS)

Intuit QuickBooks review: Quick to impress

QuickBooks provides polished, well documented and very easy to use cloud-based business accounting suite
5 Mar 2019
Zoolz Intelligent review
Smartphone and book on desk in front of small pot plants
backup

Zoolz Intelligent review

Index and OCR your videos and documents while you back them up
5 Apr 2018
IgniteNet SunSpot SS-AC1200, SkyFire SF-AC1200-UK, Cloud Controller review
ignitenet
infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

IgniteNet SunSpot SS-AC1200, SkyFire SF-AC1200-UK, Cloud Controller review

IgniteNet provides cloud-managed access points at extremely competitive prices
3 Nov 2016
Dropbox Paper (beta) review
Fingers typing on keyboard
cloud storage

Dropbox Paper (beta) review

Although still in beta, Dropbox Paper is a capable online note-taking tool with a particularly clean writing interface
28 Sep 2016
Fusioo review
Project Management puzzle
collaboration

Fusioo review

Can this customisable CRM and project management tool help your business?
16 Sep 2016
Startech ST10000SPEX 10GBase-T Ethernet Network Card review
Network & Internet

Startech ST10000SPEX 10GBase-T Ethernet Network Card review

Effective and relatively inexpensive 10 Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, ideal for servers
6 Sep 2016
Netgear ProSAFE XS716T review
Network & Internet

Netgear ProSAFE XS716T review

An extremely capable 16­port 10 Gigabit managed switch with support for 16 copper connections and two ports with optional fibre support
2 Sep 2016
Linksys LRT214 review
virtual private network (VPN)

Linksys LRT214 review

This VPN-capable business router won't leave your wallet black and blue
27 Jul 2016