Free and Low-Cost Tech Tools

List of free tech services and useful software tools

Many Internet businesses give away free services and useful software tools. These tools can be used to build and maintain our local communities.

The free resources below consist of only a limited sample of the vast resources available on the Internet:

Web Browsers

Operating Systems

Free and stable operating systems for your computer.

  • Ubuntu (Very stable, easy to use and install)
  • Kubuntu (Stable, great for slower/older machines)

Personal Computer Security



Home Wireless Networks

Electronic Money Transfers

  • PayPal
  • Network for Good (For direct contributions to registered 501(c)(3) organizations)
  • Go Fund Me (For online fundraising for individuals and organizations)

Fax Services

Document Sharing/Collaboration

Files and Documents


A wiki (popularized by Wikipedia) is a website that anyone can edit.

Office Applications

Online Services

  • Google Docs (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)
  • Microsoft Office Live (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)
  • Zoho (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, wiki, planner, database, invoice)

Desktop Software

Talk Over the Internet

Instant Messaging (IM)

Web Hosting

Software for Creating & Updating Websites

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) software allows you to directly create and edit the look and feel of your website without having to know any HTML or CSS.

Text Editors

FTP Clients

Image Creation/Manipulation

Blogs and Journals

Local Online Bulletin Boards

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