Maximum PC November 2019

Maximum PC November 2019
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Maximum PC November 2019
US$7.99
Includes Shipping
Maximum PC November 2019
$5.99
Includes Shipping
Maximum PC November 2019
$7.99
Includes Shipping
Published 15th October

According to popular culture, the best things in life are free. While we don’t always adhere to the idea, we can see that there are moments when free is your best option: If you’re looking at doing something as a one-off, you don’t want to drop a big bag of cash on a product you’re not going to use a lot, so free definitely makes sense. 

A quick look at the top-selling apps shows that the biggest sellers are all covered by free alternatives, whether you’re talking office software, security, video, image, or audio editing. Some of these free alternatives are just as feature-packed as their big-dollar equivalents. But your time isn’t free, so which ones are worth spending it with? This is where we come in, with our cover feature looking at the best free software.

One area we don’t touch on in the feature is gaming, but there are plenty of ways of getting your game on for free if you’re prepared to jump through a few hoops. The easiest way of getting a good supply of modern games is by installing the Epic Games app, which gives you a free game or two every week—we’re talking quality titles as well, such as Subnautica, The Witness, and Inside. 

If you’ve signed up for Amazon Prime, it’s worth grabbing the Twitch App (www.twitch.tv), as a growing selection of games is given away on there as well. These tend to be smaller, indie games or older classics, but anyone looking for an occasional bit of entertainment is more than catered for. On top of that, it’s worth keeping an eye on the likes of GOG and Humble Bundle, as they both give away games from time to time. Of course, there’s plenty of games that are free to play in the first place—DOTA 2, Path of Exile, Fortnite, and Hearthstone are all excellent games and cost nothing to get started.

While we’re talking about money, you’re probably aware of the growing threat of ransomware. Knowing what to do if you’re attacked can genuinely save you money, and having a proper regime in place can protect you in other areas as well. This issue, we show you how to protect your data, and cover what tricks purveyors of ransomware undertake to try to get on your system. It’s an evolving battlefield, and it pays to keep abreast of what’s happening out there.

Another thing that’s worth getting the lowdown on is the next iteration of the Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6. It does some incredible things for businesses, but also brings advantages to normal consumers. This issue, you can find out why upgrading your wireless network could result in serious benefits.

Kicking off our tutorials, we explain how to get up and running with NextCloud, which gives all the benefits of cloud storage, but with the added security that comes from hosting your  data on your own hardware. We also show you how to build a 1440p gaming machine that will last years, and you can tweak the build to suit your needs.