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10 incredibly useful online sites that you didn’t know about until now

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If you had to guess how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the internet about the gamma distribution and the collection of a large number of data. Keep your answer in your head, because at the end of this article, I will tell you the closest estimate we have.

Fortunately, all types of websites exist that offer free ways to perform simple but essential tasks. These websites can tell you what streaming, clean up your email, fix your grammar, edit your photos, and testing your router, and most of them have only one or two steps. Here are a number of less well-known sites that you will use time and time again.

 

1. A search site for streaming movies and programs

You want to watch a movie. What is the easiest way to find out if that movie is available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, HBO Now, CW, Starz, Showtime, PlayStation or other streaming service? More importantly, if it is free on Netflix, HBO Now, then there is no need to pay to rent it on iTunes or Amazon.

 

Who knew that browsing, online movies would be so difficult? In fact, the finding of which streaming service is best suited on your channel and the programming is in itself very confusing. Click here for a streaming graph, you can see exactly which channels are available for each service.

 

The site JustWatch sifts through almost every streaming service out there to search for a specific title or show you what’s new on a particular service. In just a few clicks, JustWatch will tell you where to find it, or it is available on a subscription, and how much it costs to rent or buy. Since platforms such as Facebook vary all over the world, you can also search by country for the available content. Click here for the streaming service of the search of the site itself.

 

2. A simple way to send large files private and secure

It is bound to happen. You have a large file that you need to e-mail. Your e-mail program chokes on the file size and your service provider to be polite to a message that says: “The size of the file exceeds the allowable limit.” Thank you.

The rescue is to Send. It lets you share files in a quick, safe and temporary way. Upload a file to a gigabyte in almost any format – and Sends it a URL, which you send to the receiver. After the file is downloaded somewhere else, they will be removed from the internet, and it automatically disappears after 24 hours.

 

This, as well as of Firefox, respected encryption software, make sure that your file is not to fall into the hands of some hackers. You can also check and see if the file is downloaded on the other side, so you do not need to wait until the recipient for the sending of the confirmation. Click here to view this file send site you will want to bookmark, because the time will come when you need it.

 

3. Make sure that hackers are not lurking in your router

You used internet security software. You have protected your wireless network. You have made, the firewall of your network. You have complex passwords with an uppercase letter, a digit, a character, and the name of the 4th grade. All done, right?

 

One of the most overlooked vulnerabilities, is your router. Hackers can break into this device as easily as each other, a process called “DNS hijacking,” and the majority of victims would not think to check whether it is safe.

 

This site offers a free service is specially designed to scan your router for break-ins. You will be amazed how quickly and easily this diagnosis is; click on the “Check Your Router” icon, and you will receive almost immediately.

Click here to test your router that now for all vulnerabilities.

 

4. Write as if your English teacher wants you to

Ernest Hemingway was good at a lot of things: the hunting of wild animals, the drinking of his friends, and the writing of very short sentences. Hemingway was famous for his pared-down literary style, the omission of an adjective and passive verb that was not needed.

Hemingway Editor is designed to mimic its minimalist prose. Copy and paste a few paragraphs on the site of the text box, and the editor will have an overview of problematic features, such as long sentences, obscure words and confusing passages.

For a comprehensive grammar, Grammarly has taken homes and offices by storm. You can paste it into a document to check on the Grammarly site. The app and the browser extension works with different programs and platforms, to point to your split infinitives in e-mail, word, websites, or on social media. After all, using bad grammar on Facebook can create a tense situation.

5. For the tinkerers among us

Apps, browsers, devices, smart gadgets – they all come in different shapes, and they don’t all cooperate with each other. We are often struggling to hook up from one service to the other, especially if they are made by rival developers. Sure, some good people can easily figure out in a few minutes how to tell it to their Amazon Echo to start the Roomba vacuum cleaner and lock up the house. But then, there’s this gem for the rest of us.

 

IFTT stands for “if this then that,” and the site is designed to help the different devices and services to talk to each other. This so-called “recipes” can make your gadgets do things like in a chain of events. Do you want smart lights to flash three times when you are tagged in a photo on Facebook? Or how about getting a notification on your phone when your favorite artist’s tweets about tickets for a concert?

 

IFTTT can automate web-based tasks, and you can set up “triggers” and “applets” of certain behaviors in motion. If you’re ready to take your tech to the next level, click here for more information about creating your own recipes.

 

6. Powerful photo editor that doesn’t require a graphics degree

Adobe’s Creative Cloud offers some of the most advanced multimedia software on the planet. But not everyone wants to muddle through Photoshop, with its complex suite and thousands of minute visual options. That is probably the reason why Adobe acquired Aviary, the easy-to-use website, that the ordinary pictures into photographic masterpieces.

 

Aviary has many well-known programs, such as the cool filters of Instagram and the corrective arms of Apple and Photos. But Aviary has a very friendly user interface and can be used both on your desktop and portable device. If you like to edit photos, you’re going to love this site. Click here and prepare to be amazed at what you can do with a photo in just a few clicks.

 

7. Really a boring site that you tap in a lot of

Many people struggle with how to convert a Word document to a PDF. Or they have a WAV-file that they need to condense in a MP3. What about a PNG image that you want to be in JPG form, to a XLS, CSV or EPUB to MOBI?

 

Don’t sweat it. I have used this site for years. It is designed for the processing of all types of conversions, from one type to another type and back again. Simply upload your file, decide the output format and click “Convert” and the website does the rest. This is a real godsend if you are working with many different media.

Click here for a functional site that just does what it says it will do and nothing more.

 

8. Inbox envy of your friends

If you are not getting the zen-like “zero inbox” status, this site would be able to help. It doesn’t take long for a busy person collects a few thousand e-mails. As I write this, I have 156 unread messages waiting for my attention.

When you Clean e-Mail to your inbox, you will receive a detailed (but readable) report, with sophisticated data about your correspondence. You can learn about the senders, your response, and that e-mails can be safely eliminated. The clean e-Mail is free for the first thousand e-mails, and then there is a monthly fee. You can also use it for multiple accounts.

 

Or you can do what I have done is to obtain zero inbox status. Just remove all of the inbox e-mail and see who reached again because they are so important.

 

9. Your stuff organised

Whether it’s your baseball card collection or bowling league teammates, you’re keeping a list of things. When it comes to technology, lists can be in a program with the name of a database. The individual items are called records. Once you have the records in a database, you can categorize, to identify, in total, and sort all kinds of ways.

Using a secret URL, Sodadb gives you a template to build an online database, and you can manage up to 10,000 individual records free. There is no registration or subscription; you don’t even have to sign something.

 

Sodadb (which stands for “Simple Online Database”) govern your data and keeps it safe from hackers thanks to SSL security. You can use this online database for businesses, collectibles, sports teams, gifts – whatever you want.

 

10. Online printing articles without all the ads

You would think that, after all these decades, it would be easier to print pages from the internet. But printers and websites have never been on good terms and you never know what kind of meaningless paper scroll out of your machine.

 

Print Friendly takes the headache out of this process: just paste a URL in the address field and press “Preview.” Print Friendly trims away much of the external information and gives you the meat of the page, and you can save your document as a PDF before hitting

“Printing” is displayed. The service works better for some sites than for others, but it is shockingly effective, especially for software which is free.

Click here to save yourself from the printer, frustration and waste of ink and paper.

 

You can also make use of the browser extension CleanPrint. Technically, this is not a website, but it works like a charm. Click here for the download links for the major browsers.

 

Here is the answer of the number of websites in the world today. InternetLiveStats is to keep track of this data for many years. There is a live ticker right on their site. At the time of the writing of that song was 1,331,525,090. You can click here to see the most recent number of websites around the world.

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