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I love the Internet. I love web apps. I love the convenience of not installing anything to start something. When you visit Wikipedia, everything is right there, no more steps needed! And so I get annoyed when some service asks me to register before I can begin to use it.

Not all web apps require that though. There are common web tasks you can do without signing up 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up Security bugs like Heartbleed make it clear that your logins and passwords are not safe. But what if you could use the Web for common tasks without signing up for an account? Read More , like sharing a photo on Imgur or shortening a link with is.gd. Heck, you can start a video conference without registrations 9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps -- No Registration Required 9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps -- No Registration Required Who has the time to go through hoops? Quick collaboration is the name of the game. These nine video conference tools bring ease of use to help with your productivity. Read More now.

So let’s see what else the World Wide Web has to offer without requiring you to sign up or log in with social accounts, which can be fraught with its own dangers Should You Think Twice Before Logging In Using Social Accounts? Should You Think Twice Before Logging In Using Social Accounts? Read More .

Daily Todo

DailyToDo

Daily to-do lists are generally of two types: a recurring list of repetitive tasks, and a new “today’s agenda” list. Daily Todo is great for the former. Go to the site, and in the provided box, just write the different tasks you want to accomplish every day. Daily Todo will turn it into a list with a whole week’s calendar for it.

You can edit the list at any time to remove or add more items. Plus, it also doubles up as a Jerry Seinfeld-esque Don’t Break The Chain DontBreakTheChain: Accomplish Your Goals Like Jerry Seinfeld DontBreakTheChain: Accomplish Your Goals Like Jerry Seinfeld Read More productivity app. In fact, I’d go so far as to suggest making it your homepage or a productive new tab page 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome When you start a new tab in a browser, are you looking to go somewhere or are you looking for information to come to you? Google Chrome has many extensions to make it productive. Read More .

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I Need A Resume

Ineedaresume

Not everyone is proficient at creating a stylish, well-formatted resume with all the essential elements of information. So the folks at I Need A Resume have simplified it with a web app to build a resume for free Top 3 Websites To Build A Free Resume Online Top 3 Websites To Build A Free Resume Online Read More . Head to the site and go tab-by-tab to fill out relevant information and save it.

The site will prompt you to fill a cover letter, personal details, a summary of the job, your work experience, projects you’ve handled, your education, and your skills. Finally, you can finish up by adjusting the look of the resume, which you can preview before downloading a PDF for free.

Hemingway App

Hemingway

Good writing isn’t essential only for professional writers. Even when you’re crafting that important project plan, or when you’re figuring out how to resolve an issue over email, communication matters a lot in making an impact. No one expects a non-writer to write like an author, but the Hemingway App can make you sound like one! It’s also a fantastic way to make your resume sound professional Upgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your Resume Upgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your Resume Your resume is key to landing that job interview. Technology can help check how readable your CV is, thus increasing your chances of making a good impression. Read More .

The app is based on author Ernest Hemingway’s rules for writing. Either use it to write, or just copy-paste what you’ve written into Hemingway App. It’ll analyze the text and suggest improvements, like shortening complex sentences, removing adverbs, using active voice, and so on. Apply the suggestions and your unpolished text will sound like it was written by a pro! Just copy-paste it again to save or send it where you want.

Shrib

Shrib

Notes on Mac OS X and Google Docs online let you just start typing while auto-saving everything. Shrib is the no-signup version of that. Think of it as the always-saved notepad for the web. Just go to Shrib.com and start typing, it’ll save it.

You can also retrieve previous versions of your notes at any time. It even works when your Internet connection drops, but then you’ll have to manually save it. Plus, it also supports Markdown for faster web writing What Is Markdown? 4 Reasons Why You Should Learn It Now What Is Markdown? 4 Reasons Why You Should Learn It Now Tired of HTML and WYSIWYG editors? Then Markdown is the answer for you no matter who you are. Read More . The Shrib FAQ answers all questions you might have.

Pixabay

Pixabay

Most of the best places to find free images online 7 Great Ways To Find Free Images Online 7 Great Ways To Find Free Images Online For more day to day mundane uses, we need free images for decorate a blog post, seek inspiration, set a wallpaper, make a collage, or just finish the school homework. This post thus takes a... Read More require you to sign up to download high-resolution versions. There are no such bottlenecks at Pixabay. Just prove you’re human by using a Captcha code and you can download any stock image. The full resolution image needs a sign-in though.

Pixabay is also unique in curating Creative Commons Zero images What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? Creative Commons is a set of licenses which automatically give you permission to do various things, such as reuse and distribute the content. Let's find out more about it and how to use it. Read More , which means you are free to use these photos for commercial purposes without attributing the original uploader or Pixabay. Now that’s a big advantage!

VirusTotal

Virustotal

How do you know if that photo you just downloaded or link shared by that acquaintance is safe? Head to VirusTotal and scan it before you regret getting malware on your machine.

VirusTotal is a free online virus scanning tool 7 Reliable Sites To Do A Quick Free Anti-Virus Scan 7 Reliable Sites To Do A Quick Free Anti-Virus Scan Read More , and it will analyze any URL or file (up to 128MB) by matching it against the known databases of several anti-virus security firms. Give it a few minutes and you should get a green tick or a red cross to know whether it’s safe or not.

E.gg Timer

Eggtimer

The Internet has a whole bunch of different types of free timers 10 Different Types Of Online Timers For Everyday Stuff 10 Different Types Of Online Timers For Everyday Stuff Read More , but nothing matches Egg Timer for its simplicity. Go to the site, write the number of seconds, minutes, or hours you want the timer to be on for, and forget about it. Just keep the tab open though!

There are a few special, preset timers too. For example, a “morning” timer helps get your blood pumping, while you can also turn it into a web-based Pomodoro timer Pomodoro Web App Tomato.es Is Time Management Made Simple Pomodoro Web App Tomato.es Is Time Management Made Simple Can't focus? Get to work, now. Tomato.es is a free Pomodoro timer you can use directly in your browser – and it's possibly the best such app I've ever used. The Pomodoro technique is simple:... Read More with a default 25/5-minute cycle. And what a simple web address to remember: e.ggtimer.com

University of Reddit

University of Reddit

If you thought Reddit is just full of people with too much time on their hands talking rubbish all day, well, you’re only partially right. There’s a lot of great, useful stuff on the social network and you can actually use Reddit productively How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. Reddit’s just a huge timesink? Wrong. It’s an endless supply of relevant information, if you know where to look. Here’s how to use Reddit more productively. Read More . A great example is the University of Reddit, an alternative to things like Coursera and Khan Academy.

This site is a series of online classes made by Redditors, across different categories like arts, science, philosophy, language, fun and games, etc. It’s a collation of the best, useful information on Reddit in one place, and it’s all completely free.

Polls.io

polls.io

While the new Twitter Polls is awesome Twitter Polls: Everything You Need to Know Twitter Polls: Everything You Need to Know Can't decide whether to order Chinese or pizza tonight? Ask! Twitter has finally launched a built-in option to conduct public polls. It's completely free and works on both mobile and desktop. Read More , it’s restricted to Twitter and requires you to have an account. If you want a truly anonymous poll that anyone can participate in, create a quick one with Polls.io.

Not only is it one of the best ways to settle arguments and make decisions The Best Free Websites to Settle Arguments & Make Decisions The Best Free Websites to Settle Arguments & Make Decisions Technology has made it easier to make decisions. A pen and paper is difficult to find but a phone or a computer is always with you. Read More , it’s also completely free and doesn’t require anyone to sign up, whether to participate in the poll or to create it. You can add as many options as you want, and share the link only with the people you want. Simple and easy.

Cloud Convert

CloudConvert

When you need to turn a Document into a PDF, a JPEG into a PNG, or any other file into some other format, save yourself the trouble of downloading software and just head to Cloud Convert. It’s the best way to convert file formats online for free How to Convert Any File Format Online with Free Tools How to Convert Any File Format Online with Free Tools If you need to convert a file, here's the ultimate list of sites you should turn to. Read More .

No, you don’t need to sign up. Yes, it supports almost every standard file you can think of — a total of 211 different formats, in fact. Yes, you can download files without needing to give them any details or your email address. It’s simply the best tool.

Maildrop

Maildrop

Finally, when you can’t use any of these and have to sign up for a service, you might not want to use your real email address. In that case, get a temporary, disposable email Need a Disposable Email Address? Try These Great Services Need a Disposable Email Address? Try These Great Services Disposable emails are not a new idea. In fact they’ve been around almost as long as email has (well, almost). In case you’ve never used one, disposable emails are fake email addresses you can give... Read More instead at Maildrop.

Maildrop lets you choose your own email handle or suggests one if you’re creatively stuck. You can even visit that email’s “inbox” at any time to access an activation link or any such confirmation email sent by the service you’re signing up for. It’s the most pain-free way to register with an email, while keeping your private email safe from spam.

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts

Having a rough day? Pixel Thoughts will give you a quick, one-minute guided meditation that takes your worries away. It’s a great way to get into the meditation habit Make Your New Year Resolutions Work with 9+ Super Tools Make Your New Year Resolutions Work with 9+ Super Tools Every year we need a few fantastic websites and resources in our quest to make a better self. For every new year resolution, you can find an online tool to guide you. We recommend some. Read More , but even if that’s not what you want, the app is useful as a simple stress-buster.

Visit the site, write your worry when prompted, and watch and listen. Pixel Thoughts will turn it into a worry bubble that slowly drifts away, as it calmly puts things in perspective for you and lifts your spirits.

Compressor.io

Compressor

If an image is too large, social networks won’t let you upload it. Heck, if an image is too large, it’ll also take too long to download on an email or to load your web page for a new visitor. Compressor.io promises to shrink image size without losing quality Finding the Best PNG Image Compression Tool Finding the Best PNG Image Compression Tool Any image that has a smaller size will load on a web page faster, fit into an email message more easily, and transfer across the Internet more quickly. Compressed images can speed up the entire... Read More .

It works with JPEGs, PNGs, SVGs, and GIFs. It’s surprisingly powerful and saves several kilobytes or megabytes, depending on your original file size. Plus, a neat slider tool lets you check the difference in before and after shots of your image.

PDF Escape

PDFEscape

Got a PDF form that you need to fill up but don’t have Adobe Acrobat Pro or other similar programs? Head to PDF Escape. It’s a simple, free app that lets you perform basic edits on PDF files 4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free 4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free Out of all the common file types found in our computing world, PDF is probably one of the most restrictive ones, while at the same time being available for everyone to use (primarily to read).... Read More that you upload, of up to 10MB or 100 pages.

You can insert text and images, use a “freehand” tool to sign documents, add links, and even annotate with sticky notes. You can even add or remove pages. Once you’re done making changes, download the PDF to your hard drive again.

Namechk

Namechk

Let’s say you thought of the perfect name for your new startup. Before you rejoice, you should check if that name is taken as a .com or .me, as well as if it’s available on top social services on the web like Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Namechk is the one portal to do it. Type in the name, hit Enter, and it’ll start searching all these sites to see if the desired username or domain name is taken or available. With one click, you can then go to those sites and book that name. It couldn’t get simpler. Heck, you might want to run through this before naming your baby too What A Lovely Name: Baby Name Finder What A Lovely Name: Baby Name Finder Read More .

What’s Your Favorite No-Signup Tool?

I love the convenience of Imgur, where you can simply share an image without having to give any details to anyone, and use it often. Others on the MakeUseOf staff sing praises of Appear.in, regularly use vidme, and Reddit users are starting to love Gfycat for no-signup GIFs.

But I’m sure there are plenty of other cool web tools that require no registrations, which I’m completely unaware of. So share your recommendations and favorites in the comments below!

Image Credits:Shocked Woman by Andy Dean Photography via Shutterstock

  1. Navin Raj Natarajan
    February 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

    smallpdf.com - Do anything with a PDF

  2. Mark
    January 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for this list!

  3. Sacha
    January 21, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I've gotta say, Pixabay is my favourite. I like it so much that I've signed up. ;)

  4. bob
    January 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Hey! Don't forget dailyrotation.com for personalized tech and science news....

  5. Frank J
    January 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Very good info here... I thought I was extremely resourceful but you added to that...Thank You

  6. Michael Mayer
    January 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    For the best reference site anywhere, try RefDesk. http://www.refdesk.com.
    M. Mayer

  7. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    January 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I understand getting annoyed too. But I totally understand. Don't let your "greed" let you be talked into "regulating" these sites. State-mandated regulations/control is merely the beginning of fascist control

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