Libre Office is a free and extremely credible alternative to Microsoft Office.
Picassa is a simple to use program to organise and edit your photos. Whilst not as powerful as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, it is relatively straight forward to use and provides plenty of tools for the casual photographer.
Audacity is powerful open source software for recording and editing sound.
Web of Trust is a browser plug-in that provides a clear “traffic light” rating on both the site you are currently visiting and also your search results. It supports all of the major browsers and is very easy to use. An excellent way to help ensure you do not accidently click on a malicious link.
Adblock Plus is a browser plug-in that removes annoying adverts and can help block tracking, malware domains, banners, pop-ups and video adverts.
K9 Web Protection is a very effective Internet Filtering and Parental Control tool provided by Blue Coat software. Whist its main use is to prevent your children from accessing sites you do not wish them to see, it can also be used as a general security tool blocking access to sites which are known to be malicious.
Adobe Reader is used to open PDF files. It is quite likely that Adobe Reader is already installed on your computer, but if you are receiving emails with PDF attachments that you cannot open then installing Adobe Reader will hopefully resolve the issue.
HandBrake is a very useful video transcoding application. Although it does include some extremely basic editing tools, its main function is converting video from one format to another. For example, if you have a video file from your phone that you can’t view on your computer or iPad, then Handbrake is the tool you need.
Dropbox is not so much a piece of software as a very useful free service. Two gigabytes of free online storage to save and share files as you see fit. Using the dropbox application will let you automatically synchronise files across multiple computers, tablets and smaretphones. It also provides a very easy method of getting the photos and videos on your smartphone onto your computer. Finally, it also offers an easy method of sharing data with your friends without having to email huge attachments. Sounds complicated, but it’s much easier to use than you might think!
ActionFraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. If you have been the victim of fraud or attempted fraud, either online, by email or on the phone this is the place to report it.
Internet Watch Foundation is the place to go to report illegal online content and images of abuse.
ThinkUKnow operated by CEOP and aimed at both children and parents/carers, this site offers useful advice about staying safe online. The content is broken into categories based on the age of the viewer.
Family Online Safety Institute is an organisation that exists to promote best practices amongst ISPs and other corporate bodies. The site contains some interesting information.