7 Pitfalls of Free Software to Avoid

7 Pitfalls of Free Software to Avoid

You want to make sure incompatible free software solutions don't create more problem. Here is our top 7 pitfalls to avoid when getting free software.

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Free software may seem like a great deal, but we encourage you to verify it offers the level of security, professionalism and tools your organization needs to grow.

1. Collaboration challenges

If you have multiple people who work in different time zones or with different devices, you need compatible software that helps you collaborate seamlessly and securely.

Choosing software that can manage calendars and host online meetings will allow you to send, receive, and store data securely, making collaboration a breeze.

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2. Unprofessional email

When you send business email from a free domain such as Gmail, it can look unprofessional to potential customers and ultimately impact your ability to grow your business.

Look for a solution that lets you customize your domain to match your brand and also helps protect your business from cyber-threats.

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3. Data insecurity

You need to protect your business and your customers, which means protecting things like customer credit card information and sensitive business data.

Look for solutions that offer integrated security and make IT management easier, as well as automatic upgrades to defend against new and evolving cyber-threats.

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4. No device management

Many businesses allow employees to use personal mobile devices to work from anywhere. But this also puts your business and customer data at risk.

Look for solutions that enable you to easily manage data policies on company-owned and employee-owned devices, helping keep your data protected without creating an IT headache.

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5. Working remotely

When you’re working outside of the office, you need software to help you get work done.

Choose a solution designed for mobile use that includes the ability to access and edit your work wherever you are.

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6. Incompatible software

A lot of free software uses proprietary formats for documents and spreadsheets.

Look for software that doesn’t force your customers and partners to use converters and workarounds to access your deliverables.

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7. Limited features

Make sure your software lets you do the things you need to do, from managing finances to building customer-ready presentations.

Software designed for personal use may not have the professional functionality your business requires.

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