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Simple Port Forwarding Free 3.8.5

Take control of your internet connection with this port forwarding configuration tool

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 30 January 2014
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Developer: PcWinTech.com
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Simple Port Forwarding 3.8.5
Tweak your router's port settings with Simple Port Forwarding

Adding a router to your computer setup provides a quick and easy way to share a single internet connection between multiple computers, but it can also lead to a variety of problems. Computers that are connected directly to the internet make use of various ports when used for online gaming, web browsing, instant messaging, VoIP and other internet activities. When multiple computers are connected to the same router, these ports have to be shared and this can lead to some online tools and program failing to function correctly.

Add to this the fact that most routers include built in firewall that effectively close down certain communication ports, and many people start to run into problems. Port forwarding enables you to open up communication channels, but this is not always easy when using a router's front end.

Simple Port Forwarding, as the name would suggest, has been designed to make the configuration of port forwarding settings as easy as possible. There is built in support for hundreds of different routes, including models from Netgear, D-Link and Linksys.

In just a few easy steps you can use the built in port settings to quickly configure your router to allow a range of programs to access the internet. Should you find that the program you are using is not listed, you can still manually add new entries as required.

The Pro version of the program provides access to an even larger list of pre-defined settings and makes it easy to configure your computer to use a static IP address. Once you have spent time configuring your own computer, you can then share the settings with friends and family if you have purchased the Pro version.

Verdict:

An impressive tool that makes light work of an area of networking that many people find incredibly tricky.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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