Free network monitoring software can now be found easily. But before the internet became such a hot plate of activity you could not find network software for free. Now all you have to do is do a search in your favorite search engine and you will find hundreds if not thousands of free monitoring software. Then all you have to do is find the software that fits your needs and download and install it.
But before you download your free network monitoring software you need to be aware of a few things. In this article we will give you some things to think about before you download and install your software.
The first thing you need to consider before downloading your new monitoring software is whether the site is safe or not. Some sites that offer free software are wares sites. These sites allow many people to upload their programs whether they have the legal rights to do so. Be sure to read the terms and conditions on the site before you download anything. The last thing you want to do is get into trouble by downloading a pirated copy of some software or downloading a Trojan or worm on your computer.
Make sure the monitoring software is really free.
Next you need to make sure the software is really free. There are some companies who will offer products they claim are free but are not really free. These companies, in order to get more customers, will offer limited use versions of their software to get people to install and use their product. They may offer full working versions of the software but for only a limited time frame, say two months or so. When the trial period is over the software will stop working. The only way to get the network software working again is to get up with the company and buy a full use license which may cost more than you are willing to pay.
Make sure your network monitoring software is safe to use.
You will have many choices of software to monitor your network. But not every piece of software you come across is safe to use. There are unscrupulous programmers who just want to mess your computer network up. They do this by installing viruses in the software which will be installed on your computer.
There are many different types of viruses that can be installed on your computer. Trojan horses and worms are the most common. These viruses will infect your network and either cause major problems for your system or they can be programmed to send back information to another site. Once the virus gets into the system it is hard to get rid of it. So it is best to be sure that you are getting your monitoring system from a reputable source.