About Gizmo's Freeware

 

About Gizmo's Freeware

Gizmo's Freeware is a non-commercial community website staffed entirely by volunteers.

Our primary function is to help you select the best freeware product for your particular needs.

The best freeware programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts but finding the most appropriate program can be challenging.

Sure, there are dozens of freeware download sites on the web, but few of these actually help you select the best program for your needs.

That's what we do here. No downloads, just honest advice and useful guidance.

It's honest because this is a community-based site staffed by volunteers and we have no commercial affiliations.

In August 2010, PC Magazine included Gizmo's Freeware in its "100 Top Websites of 2010."

 

How to use this site

Let's say you want a free firewall. That's not a problem as there are over thirty available.

The real problem is which one you should choose to meet your needs.

At this site it's easy; just go to our review of free firewalls. There you will find recommendations for average users and advanced users as well. And although there are no downloads on this site we provide links where you can safely and securely download the product you want.

To find our firewall reviews and recommendations just type in "firewall" into the search box that appears at the top right of every page. Alternatively select the "Security" category from the home page and then select "Firewalls" from the list of security products presented to you.

Once you've found the firewalls review page you'll be quickly able to find the product you want.  Furthermore you will know that what you have selected is the best available.

 

Site History and Origin:  "The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities"

This community-based site is operated by Ian "Gizmo" Richards with the able assistance of over 90 volunteer site editors.

Until July 2008 Gizmo was the editor of "Support Alert", a  highly regarded monthly technical newsletter that was distributed to over 150,000 subscribers. This site is an evolutionary development of an earlier site associated with the newsletter that was started in October 2000.  This site was the home of Gizmo's highly popular list of the "46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities."   Over time that list grew well beyond 46 and reached the point where it could not be maintained by one person. 

The current community site started operation in May 2008.  It utilizes the contribution of dozens of volunteer editors who edit and moderate suggestions from thousands of site visitors.  As a result the range of free software covered by this site is ever increasing and quality of the reviews ever improving.

The quality of the site's content and it's lack of commercial affiliation have contributed to its skyrocketing popularity.  As of  October 2014 it was rated by Alexa in the top 4000 sites in English speaking countries and in the top 6000 worldwide with more than 80,000 people visiting the site every day. It is also the most bookmarked site under "freeware" at most of the web's major bookmarking services.

 

How can I help?

You can help this site in four ways:

  1. Help spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues about the site. Better still include a link to our site in your blog, website, forum or newsgroup using these instructions.
  2. Become a volunteer software reviewer and help make the site even better.
  3. Suggest a hot product or contribute an article or review.
  4. Help keep this site independent and as ad-free as possible by buying a Gizmo Cap or T-shirt or by donating.

 

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