Free-almost things

I believe that nothing in the world is free; one will pay some costs in some way, directly or indirectly.  When having some needs, I search for the no-upfront charge items first, with appreciative thought in mind.  These are some no-upfront charge things:

. Flickr: Great for large photo collections.  My quote from this web page

The grandaddy of photo-sharing sites, Flickr offers 1TB of storage for free (which can hold some 2 million photos) with no limit on picture resolution. Users can also upload 1080p high-definition video clips up to three minutes long.

Users can organize pictures into collections and sub-collections, with options to tag keywords and people either individually or in batches of photos. You can search your library by keyword or people tags and sort by dates that pictures were posted or taken—a godsend when a lifetime’s worth of photos starts to stack up.

Flickr displays photos in a minimalist grid with a slideshow option. The site also offers the same beginner-friendly image editor as Photobucket, with Instagram-style color filters, cutesy effects like frames and stickers and basic editing tools, such as contrast, saturation and focus tweaks.

You can upload photos via email, the website, or directly from the Flickr smartphone app and share albums on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter. Avid photographers will have a huge audience in the Flickr community, who post 3000 photos are posted every minute on average.

Cost of storage: Free, with 1TB of storage and displayed ads; $49.99 a year for ad-free version
Automatic photo sync? Yes, through the Flickr smartphone app for iPhone and Android
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can choose the audience for every photo as friends, family, public or only you (adding contacts allows you to set them as friends or family)
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

. Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition (Free): Review from this web page,review-2345.html

Bottom line

Among the five Mac antivirus programs we tested, Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition isn’t the best in any category, but performed consistently highly across the board, from malware detection to Web protection to performance impact. We did find its interface to berather clipped, but still completely usable.

Among AV products, Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition has all the features we want — for free. Avast Free Antivirus for Mac does have slightly better all-around scores, …, which should be a core element of any antivirus program.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac and Intego Mac Internet Security X8 do offer slightly better malware protection, but we don’t consider that worth the $40 yearly subscription for either program — not while Mac malware is still relatively uncommon and solid free options are available. Each program also lacks one or more features Sophos has, such as Web-link scans and scheduled scans.

That’s why Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition is our top pick for Mac antivirus software. While other products may excel in individual areas, Sophos’ product is the most well-rounded of the five Mac antivirus programs we evaluated.

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