Applications. They’re a constant part of our lives, from web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, all the way down to the list of game libraries that include the Origin store as well as Steam. Of course, these are all rather well known. This list will be comprised of apps that aren’t as widely used, but are just as useful to have on your desktop regardless.
Number 5: Nvidia Geforce Now
Sometimes, our computers just don’t have the space to download all the games we wish to play. This is where NVIDIA’s Geforce Now comes in. Dubbed as a “streaming” service, Geforce Now allows the games to be played on an external machine located near NVIDIA servers, and streams the gameplay to your own screen. A simple process known as “ game streaming”, NVIDIA handles it with perfection. Simply select the game from it’s easy to look at GUI, and take off playing almost instantly. There is hardly any input delay between your own computer and the NVIDIA servers, making gameplay feel silky smooth. This, coupled with the fact that you don’t ever have to download anything on your system besides the client itself, makes for a fabulous service. The only downside is their rather limited library of games, but as they continue to add more in it’s beta testing, that problem will just fix itself.
Number 4: Telegram
Think Whatsapp, for the desktop. And also any other platform you can possibly imagine. This is an application like the popular messaging service Discord, with complete end-to-end encryption, all of it distributed through the cloud. For those security-ridden folks, this is simply perfect. The messages can be set up to delete on command, or even self-destruct autonomously. A service such as Telegram would be expected to have a wider audience, but with just over 200 million active users, the reach is not brilliant. Applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messengers, and even Discord all have that mainstream appeal. But they don’t offer the security that Telegram will offer you, and it’s a great alternative to other bug-ridden platforms. For security, and especially today’s digital age, Telegram is the way to go.
Number 3: Honey
I know, I know. We’ve all seen the ads. The sponsorships. Just constant hammering down our throats. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute. Who doesn’t want to save money? This Chrome extension allows you to do just that, with little to no work on your own part. Simply browse as you would and Honey will be steady at work collecting the latest coupons and ways to save. There really is no downside to having this on your browser, and who knows when you might need a coupon or two? Seeing ad after ad on this product might have turned you away from using it, but I urge you to let go of this mentality and give it a try.
Number 2: Nord VPN (or any VPN service):
Most of us know what a VPN is. If you haven’t heard the term through casual browsing, it’s definitely popped up in a Youtube ad somewhere. But for the odd folk who might have been living under a rock the past couple of years: A VPN is a simple tool that masks your IP address while browsing online. You turn it on, and it appears to any site you visit that your IP is of some other origin, and not the location from which you actually browse from. That way, your location, and a whole bunch of other compromising info is hidden from the people and sites who actively look to find that same information. In today’s digital age, it seems like common sense to use one. However, you’d be surprised at how many people simply disregard having a VPN on their computer. Maybe they think it’s not needed, since they won’t be getting up to any “shady stuff” during their sessions on the computer. Here’s a news flash: You don’t need to be hitting the deep end of the web for your info to be compromised. These days, what with all the tools available to take advantage of unprotected computers, it’s better to be safe than sorry. A VPN I personally recommend is NordVPN. It’s one of the best on the market, and if you’re not sure about paying the price, try their free trial. I guarantee you, by the end, you will see it as worth the price
Number 1: Opera GX
We’ve all heard of the Opera browser, even if we don’t necessarily use it. It’s generally regarded as one of the better browsers out there, but it hardly gets any usage due to the fact that browsers like Chrome and Firefox are just known as more mainstream. That’s about to change, though. This new iteration of the platform is being hailed as the “world’s first gaming browser”. It includes all the features you’d expect from a so called “gaming” browser, such as Twitch support right on the sidebar of the browser, the latest and greatest gaming news right when you open it, and that classic RGB look that comes to mind whenever you hear the term “PC gamer”. Everything is customizable from one button tucked away in the beautiful top right corner, and if you have a Razer Chroma setup, the browser will automatically change it’s visuals to match the rest of that RGB setup. Sounds rather good, right? Brace yourselves, as none of these are even the “main” feature. A component of the browser known as GX control takes that spot. People want to have their browsers up and running while playing games, but the CPU usage doesn’t allow that to be possible. GX control is a feature where you can limit the amount of RAM and CPU usage. It’s incredibly helpful, perfect even for people who aren’t looking for gaming but simply have a low end computer in general. All of these combined make the Opera GX browser a must have for game freaks everywhere.