Welcome to the groovyPost recommended tools and services page, a curated list of the tools and services I personally use and strongly recommend for all my readers and those looking to start a blog.
Each month, my blog receives over 2 million page views. Consistently, the top two questions I get from my readers daily are:
- Which Computer Products and Services to you Recommend?
- I want to start a blog! What hosting/tools/services are you using and who do you recommend I use?
Although I love emails from my readers, rather than answer each email individually, I recently decided to just post the answers to these two questions so everyone could benefit from them (and I could save a little time writing more groovyPosts for all of you!)
Computer Products and Services I Recommend
Since 2011, I’ve been an extremely happy CrashPlan customer. Crashplan runs on a PC or Mac and backs up all your files in real-time, in the cloud, so even if your house burns down, you catch a virus or your computer is stolen, your files are safe and secure in the cloud. I use Crashplan to backup my two Windows boxes and two MacBook Air PC’s at home. In fact, I loved it so much, I bought it at my day job to project 2500+ computers. Seriously.
Crashplan has both Individual or Family plans. I personally use the family plan to protect all my systems including 3 Windows and 2 Macs. I absolutely love this product.
Private Internet Access – Using a VPN for your Computer and Mobile device is no longer optional. We’ve recently written a detailed explanation on both what is a home VPN is and why every home users should use it while using the internet. After doing an exhaustive review of pretty much all the services out there, I’ve chosen what I feel is the best Home VPN service out there – PrivateInternetAccess or PIA.
PIA is an extremely high speed, feature rich home VPN solution. After installing its software on your PC, Mac or Mobile device, it will encrypt all traffic between your device and its network. From there, you can surf the internet with no one listening in (including your ISP, Government, etc…).
The Free version scans for the same bad guys as the paid only you need to launch it manually.
My wife and I have the OneDrive app configured to backup all photos we take automatically to OneDrive. It’s an awesome feature which I highly recommend.
CCleaner – The gold standard for cleaning your PC and Web Browsers of clutter. We’ve written about CCleaner a lot over the years which is why I have it on all my Windows and Mac PC’s.