5 Software Gift Ideas for the Tech Lover in Your Life This Christmas
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#1 VPN Subscription
Any person that spends a majority of their time online, whether for work or pleasure will probably already know the benefits of a VPN. With online privacy being more of a myth these days, a VPN subscription will make for the perfect gift.
A VPN or Virtual Private Network will ensure that the user enjoys a higher degree of protection whilst browsing the web, no matter where they are.
VPN technology is able to reroute your online traffic through to other specialized servers, all while encrypting your data. This means that any online movements are automatically hidden, protecting the user from various threats on the web, whether that be data selling, hacking attempts, or identity theft amongst others.
Allowing for better security, a great VPN will allow you to bypass censorship in even the strictest of countries including China and Iran, and access geographically banned content on the web from wherever your location. So, if the tech lover in question is planning to head abroad, a VPN will help them access things like VoIP apps in Dubai, Western media in Russia, and even social media platforms like Facebook or search engines like Google in China.
If you’re not able to access Netflix’s full library, you can do so with a VPN. Just by connecting to a server in the United States, you will be able to stream from this media giant as well as others including BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and others.
When connecting to unsecured public wifi hotspots in areas like parks, hotels, cafes, airports, users are exposing themselves to honeypot attacks, wifi spoofing and even hackers attempting to steal your data. Gifting your loved one with a VPN means that they will never have to think about which public hotspot they might need to avoid.
Although a VPN connection can sometimes slow your internet connection a little, there is also a great possibility that it might make it a lot faster. It is well known that many ISPs (internet service providers) actively throttle internet connections as soon as they realize you’re using a lot of bandwidth, downloading large files or streaming on the regular. This is why a VPN is the perfect disguise, encrypting your data and making it impossible for your ISP to keep tabs on your online activity.
Torrenting can also be a nightmare. Whilst torrenting itself is not illegal, downloading any pirated content in breach of copyright laws, is. This is why many countries have completely banned major torrenting sites altogether.
A great VPN will provide you with special profiles that are optimized for torrenting, with a smaller number of users found on the server, as well as offering a nearby server which will make your torrenting experience much faster.
As you can see, a VPN is one of the best software gift ideas for tech lovers of all sorts, providing them with better security and an overall more enjoyable experience online.
#2 Antivirus Program
There is a good reason that antivirus programs are amongst the biggest sellers in terms of gift ideas in software on Amazon. If you want to help protect your loved ones’ tech devices, antivirus software is the right way to go.
No matter what devices they have, Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, there is malware lurking out there. So, what does antivirus software do, and how do you pick the right one? We’ve got you covered.
The presence of malware on the internet is constant, and unfortunately, always changing. Hackers are always developing new forms of malicious software for various purposes. They include:
- Stealing your personal information from your devices
- Stealing your bank account or credit card information
- Turning your computer into a bot in order to create email spam or DDOS attacks
- Send ransomware threats and demand for you to send funds in return for your files
To avoid any of these things happening, an antivirus program is the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas. Antivirus software offers protection in various ways including:
- Regularly scanning your devices for known viruses which identity as malware threats
- Run manual scans when you believe your system might be infected
- Offering real-time protection whilst on the web
- Cloud-based threat analysis will protect you without slowing down your system
- Neutralize ransomware before it can take your device hostage
- Secure your firewall and block hackers from accessing your home network
- Sidestep phishing attacks before they happen
- Offer multi-device protection
- Securely store and manage your online passwords in a single, encrypted location
When choosing the right AV program, you will want to make sure that its malware detection rate is at the very minimum of more than 95%. This includes commonplace malware as well as zero-day brand new malware. At the same time, you do not want a high rate of false positives which will flag harmless files as malware.
Also, make sure that the AV is lightweight and will not slow down the device too much. This includes when it is working in the background or running a scan. If your tech lover uses the internet regularly, possibly for work, the AV software cannot impact on the device’s performance.
Whilst your tech enthusiast might be more than equipped to handle the advanced settings of your chosen AV, you always want the software to be simple to use. Make their life easier by choosing a program that allows you to start scanning directly from the home screen.
The good thing about most antivirus programs is that there is a free version in which many basic protection tools are free, however, all the extras need to be paid for. You can also make use of a free monthly trial with many AVs on the market. You can always test out the AV for yourself before purchasing it as a gift.
#3 Cloud Storage
With the holiday season coming up, you might just become the tech lover’s new bestie when you purchase extra storage for them on the cloud. The best thing about the cloud is that it is simple to set up, with low costs and high flexibility.
Cloud storage is a digital storage solution that makes use of multiple servers in order to store files. In the past few years, cloud storage has grown in popularity because of its benefits, including security, accessibility and the fact that there is no maintenance required.
In terms of security, files are located off-site and across multiple servers, meaning that your backup is protected from data loss and hacking far more than it would be when stored on a local server. When it comes to accessibility, you can access your files whenever you need them, no matter where you are, which is impossible with local storage.
When choosing the right storage solution, you should think about the capacity, security, automatic syncing as well as customer support. Trust us, those holiday photos will need to get stored somewhere, and you have just provided the best solution by purchasing more of it.
#4 Adobe Creative Cloud
If your tech lover is more the creative type, this couldn’t be more perfect. Whether they’re a photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer or digital illustrator, there isn’t much about this Christmas gift that will not bring a sparkle to their eyes this holiday season.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of over twenty desktop and mobile apps for design, video, web, UX and more. Creative Cloud apps are able to be downloaded on two computers per license. Users will be allowed access to the following programs:
- Photoshop (image editing and compositing)
- Premiere Pro (video production and editing)
- Illustrator (vector graphics and illustration)
- Lightroom (digital photo processing and editing)
- InDesign (page design and layout)
- Spark (social graphics, web pages, and short videos)
- Premiere Rush (create and share videos anywhere)
- Adobe XD (design and prototype UX for the web and mobile)
- Acrobat Pro (create and edit as well as sign PDF documents and forms)
An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription will ensure that the tech creative in your inner circle has the best Christmas yet.
#5 Gaming Bundle
Like any other gadgets, software, and books, your tech lover will most probably love unwinding from their stressful day while gaming. When choosing a gaming gift you should think about what that person has taken a liking to. Whether its history, music or auto vehicles, there is something out there for everyone.
If your loved one has a tendency to play PlayStation on the regular, you can purchase a PlayStation Store Cash Card which allows them to purchase downloadable games, full-length movies, TV shows, game add-ons or even PlayStation subscriptions.
Gift cards include $20, $50, and $100 amounts, and there are also digital cards that let you unlock a membership for either one, three or twelve months. Other gaming ideas include purchasing a gaming bundle and supporting charity at the same time from Humble Bundle. As it says on their website,
“Humble Bundle sells games, eBooks, software, and other digital content. Our mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices. We launched in 2010 with a single two-week Humble Indie Bundle, but we have humbly grown into a store full of games and bundles, a subscription service, a game publisher, and more.”
The great thing is that when you buy a gaming bundle, you can choose the price you want to pay as well as how your money is allocated between the creators of the site, Humble Partners, charity and Humble Bundle. Each product that is sold will contribute a portion of its proceeds to charity, and some of the products will even allow you to allocate the whole amount to a charity of your choosing.
So, what can you get from Humble Bundle? There are limited-time collections of games, books, and software on offer. A lot of the bundles come in tiers, with the more money you contribute, the more items you receive.
There is also Humble Monthly which is a monthly subscription which means that a bundle of curated games will get sent to your tech lover’s inbox on a monthly basis, as well as discount perks.
Since its creation in 2010, Humble Bundle has donated over $155,000,000 to various charities around the world. Purchasing a gaming bundle will not only mean that your tech lover’s downtime is taken care of, but you can also make a difference to someone else’s Christmas by donating to charity.
Conclusion To Best Tech Gifts
Brainstorming the perfect gift for your loved ones can be incredibly stressful during the holidays. As Christmas is known as the time of giving, you can always go for the safe options like a pair of socks, or an ugly Christmas jumper. You know deep down that those gifts will get thrown in the back of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again, probably ending up in a landfill sooner rather than later.
Instead, why not choose one of the software gift ideas we have listed above and watch your tech lover’s eyes lighten up as they realize just how well you know them.
Whether it’s a VPN, Antivirus program, cloud storage, Adobe Creative Cloud or gaming bundle, we are sure that you will take top spot in gift-giving this year.
On top of that, know that you will be doing your part for the planet by providing a gift that will not negatively impact the environment.