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The internet is a big place, with a lot of content. Over one billion websites at the time of writing. With the web constantly changing, it’s hard to keep track of which sites have the best content and resources.

To help make things easier, we’ve compiled this enormous list of the best websites on the internet, split into their relevant categories.

The websites on this list are those that we consider to be the best: genuinely useful, top-of-the-line sites (not apps) where you’ll find what you need. We update this list regularly, so check back occasionally, and be sure to tell your friends!

Categories: Movies | Music | News | Shopping | Productivity | Learning | Social | Search | Online Privacy | Browsing | Finance | Books | Software | Files

Movies

Netflix

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Currently around a third of all internet packets sent are Netflix packets. And for just $9.99 a month, you can add to that number. With an astonishing number of movies, TV shows, and documentaries available to watch on demand, Netflix is a pretty worthwhile investment. Plus, their original series’, including House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Orange is The New Black, are all worth catching.

Hulu

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TV streaming service Hulu isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. If you subscribe to the $7.99 per month package, you’ll have access to a quality library that’s also supported by commercials. If you want commercial-free access, it’ll cost $11.99. For that, you’ll have access to TV series like Homeland, original programming like Casual, and blockbusters like Terminator Genisys.

Amazon Prime Instant Video

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Amazon’s video streaming service isn’t as elegant as Netflix’s, but if you have Amazon Prime, it comes as part of your package. They have an absolute ton of great stuff in their catalog including many critically acclaimed original shows. Amazon’s deep pockets are also seeing the company signing exclusivity deals with companies like HBO and the BBC, meaning their library of shows is just getting better and better.

Rotten Tomatoes

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Movie tickets are expensive. Want to know if a movie is good before you watch it? Rotten Tomatoes has your back. Rotten Tomatoes aggregate reviews, categorizes them as positive or negative, and then averages them. The result is a simple, unbiased appraisal of the odds that you’ll like the movie. The results aren’t always perfect (they gave heretically low scores to The Prestige and O Brother Where Art Thou), but they are the best out there.

IMDb

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Literally one of the oldest websites on the internet (it predates the web browser), IMDb is one of those exhaustive, meticulous collections of movie ratings, facts, and trivia that would take decades to replicate.

YouTube Movies

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You probably know YouTube as “that place you can watch people in Saudi Arabia do terrifying things with cars”. But YouTube is so much more. In fact, it probably belongs in nearly every category on this list. One of the best (and less known) features is the ability to rent movies starting at $3.99 each. YouTube has almost everything. And, thanks to its compatibility with Chromecast, has become a regular part of my movie-watching life. If it’s not on Netflix, it’s probably on YouTube.

ScreenRant

ScreenRant

As a self-respecting movie buff, ScreenRant should be one of the sites you visit religiously. Packed with the latest movie and TV news, this is an insightful, well-edited publication that will keep you in the know for anything Hollywood related. Plus, during dry periods of movie news, you’ll be treated to a constant stream of opinionated editorials.

Short of The Week

Short of The Week

Each week, a new, independent, hand-picked short movie is added to Short of The Week for you to watch for free. These can be on any topic under the sun, from love, to killer zombies. Each of these shorts are special. Every short manages to incorporate incredible storytelling finesse into 5-20 minute movies. It’s a fantastic way to while a few minutes each week.

Vimeo

Vimeo

Many people see Vimeo as little more than YouTube’s smaller competitor. But the site has managed to capture a segment of the movie industry that’s hard to find anywhere else. Home to a vast number of indie filmmakers, Vimeo is the place to find refreshing, art-house movies to stream on demand. We’re talking about the kind of films you’ll see played at festivals like Tribeca, Sundance, or SXSW.

Music

Spotify

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Spotify has seen its fair share of controversy (including a high-profile tiff with Taylor Swift Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify In the past week Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify, inspired countless song-pun laden headlines and reignited the debate about streaming music services. Read More ). However, it remains the best service, on PC or mobile, for streaming pretty much any music, whenever you want. The free service is a good introduction, but it’s worth picking up Spotify Premium. You don’t realize how annoying the ads are until they’re gone. Plus, the offline access is a god-send.

SoundCloud

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Without a doubt, SoundCloud is God’s gift to indie music. It’s a simple, bare-bones service that allows anyone to upload and download music under a variety of licenses, and embed uploaded tracks across the web. It’s effortless and has a novel timed annotation feature, allowing people to discuss music in an entirely new way. SoundCloud is great Music Lovers: Why Aren't You Using SoundCloud? Music Lovers: Why Aren't You Using SoundCloud? Discovering a new artist, album or record label that corresponds with your tastes and expectations can be a rewarding experience. These golden discoveries can be few and far between and that’s where I turn to... Read More , and if you want to hear the next big thing before the labels do, SoundCloud is where to look.

SongKick

SongKick

Connect your SongKick account to your Spotify, Facebook, and Last.fm accounts, and you’ll be kept up to date about when your favorite artists will be playing nearby. You’ll also be shown the ticket prices from various merchants so you can quickly find the cheapest option. This is a simple, yet powerful way to ensure you never miss another live gig Never Miss a Live Concert Again With These 6 Sites Never Miss a Live Concert Again With These 6 Sites Did you just miss a music concert that you would have loved to see? Use these 6 ways to get notified when your favorite bands are in town. Read More .

 

iTunes Store and Apple Music

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Streaming music is great, but sometimes you want to buy tracks you can listen to offline. iTunes, since the release of the first iPod, has grown to dominate the music industry, comprising more than 60% of all music sales on Earth. If you want to buy music (or movies, or audiobooks), iTunes probably has what you’re looking for. It’s also heavily intertwined with Apple Music, Apple’s direct competitor with Spotify. Although it has a smaller library, for a similar monthly fee ($9.99), you have unlimited access to the entire library, ad-free.

Last.fm

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Last.fm eavesdrops in on your listening habits, and uses statistical analysis to predict what you might like. By installing Last.fm’s “toggler” onto, say, your Spotify account, the service offers accurate recommendations for other artist’s you’re likely to enjoy.

Pandora

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Pandora (US users only), is a great tool for finding new music 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Pandora Music Radio 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Pandora Music Radio Read More . It’s a “free personalized internet radio”. Simply add a few of your favorite artists and the station will start playing related music that you’ve probably never heard before. Pandora is a great tool, and hopefully it’ll stay that way for years to come.

News

The Conversation

The Conversation

For in-depth analysis on a huge range of topics, you’ll find it hard to beat The Conversation. The site only accepts commentary and editorials from professional academics. What I love about the site though, is that it will often publish several articles on a single subject to offer different perspectives.

Reddit

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Reddit is one of the most diverse media sites on the web, with content ranging from the serious to the absurd. It’s also a great source of news, both locally and internationally. By controlling your subreddit subscriptions, you can access a steady stream of feeds of just the stuff you’re interested in.

Google News

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Google News is an aggregator that’s a great way to get an idea of what the coverage of certain topics looks like. It’s also able to use Google’s secret sauce of machine learning to turn up articles you might like based on Google’s statistical models of you.

Quartz

Quartz

Quartz is home to some of the most intelligent and thought-provoking journalism you can access online. Its global-centric approach offers stories you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. And its understanding of the online world make Quartz a beautiful site to visit, knowing you’ll always come away more informed than when you arrived.

Hacker News

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On the surface, Hacker News is a standard tech news aggregator. However, its technologically literate and involved community offers a unique and insightful perspective that’s not available from the more broadly-aimed tech news sites.

FiveThirtyEight

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538 is the product of statistician Nate Silver, who is known for almost perfectly predicting the outcome of the 2012 political election via some combination of sober statistical modelling and old-fashioned witchcraft. The site provides news blogging from a data-centric perspective, and often offers an interesting and perhaps soberer take compared to traditional twenty-four hour news networks.

Al Jazeera

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Al Jazeera is a high-quality international news outlet that provides excellent reporting around the world, and can often give an interesting international perspective on local news. Unfortunately, Al Jazeera America is soon to shut down (at the time of writing), but the site will remain a valuable source for global news.

Shopping

Amazon

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Everybody knows Amazon: it’s the world’s most advanced stuff distribution infrastructure.  If you want it, they’ve got it, and can get it to you for a very reasonable price.  Amazon is fantastic.

Fat Wallet

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For the thrifty, Fat Wallet is a powerful coupon/promotion aggregator that scours to web to help you find the best deals A Guide To Good Deals: How To Save Money On Everything You Buy Online A Guide To Good Deals: How To Save Money On Everything You Buy Online Online shopping makes it easier than ever to get a good deal. We've put together a short guide on how to get the best price on just about anything you might be looking for online.... Read More on whatever you’re looking for.

Etsy

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If Ebay is the world’s garage sale, Etsy is its crafts fair. Thousands of artists and makers turn to the site to create their own online store from which to sell their wares. A bit of searching can bring up some genuinely beautiful, unique items here. It’s a fantastic way to customize your home.

ebay

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ebay has been called the world’s garage sale, and the comparison isn’t unfair. Less of a player than once it was, the site (especially its ‘motors’ section) remains a viable avenue for bargain-hunters all over the world.

Craigslist

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A first glance at Craigslist, with its early nineties web design and no visible Helvetica, would not cause it to jump out at you as a website relevant to 2016. That’s where you’d be wrong. The minimalist website and its virtual classified ads remain a great way to buy and sell cars, computer equipment, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.  Just stay out of the personals section unless you’re into that sort of thing.

Overstock

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Overstock, Amazon’s iconoclastic little brother, remains a major online retail outlet: they have great deals, good service– and, they accept Bitcoin. What’s not to like?

ThinkGeek

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Years after its formation, ThinkGeek remains an internet staple. The stuff they sell is rarely practical, but it is cool: the site delights in nerd tchotchkes and swag, and their stuff makes for great gifts and desk toys for the unrepentant dorks among us.

Newegg

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Newegg is a retailer dedicated to inexpensive consumer electronics, and they do a good job of underbidding the big, non-specialized stores. Their refurbished items are often very good deals.

ViaBox

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For shoppers outside the US, thwarted by region-specific deals and stores, ViaBox lets them permanently register their own US address that they can have parcels shipped to. ViaBox collects the parcels together and ships them anywhere in the world.

Canopy

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Canopy is Amazon, curated. Sometimes finding what you’re looking for on Amazon can be damn daunting. So, if you’re particularly keen on beautifully designed products, Canopy might be able to help. The site’s hand-curated products are each stunning, and all available on Amazon. This is a fantastic site to browse and find boutique interior products to help your home to stand out.

Productivity

Gmail

Gmail

If you don’t have your own domain and you aren’t using Gmail, what are you doing? Gmail is handily the best email client out there. Integrating seamlessly with all of Google’s other productivity apps, using Gmail is a no-brainer for most people. And with a steady stream of new third-party app integrations, and productivity features being released, it’s only getting better.

Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive (and its associated suite of web document editors) are handily the best cloud document service out there, especially if you’re already in the ecosystem (via Android or Gmail).

Microsoft Office Online

Office Online

Microsoft Office is now offering a free version of many of its popular apps. Among others, these include Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneDrive. These free versions are naturally less feature-rich than the paid version, but are a fantastic way to access and edit files from within your browser, even if you don’t pay for the full Office suite.

IFTTT

IFTTT

IFTTT (If this, then that) is an increasingly powerful automations platform. From a single account, you can start to connect hundreds of services and apps that you rely on. Once connected, you can create “recipes” that automate certain tasks, so you no longer have to do them manually. For example, you could have IFTTT automatically save email attachments to Google Drive. You could automatically publish your Instagram posts as a Tweet. You can even get an SMS alert to remind you when an event is due to start on Google Calendar.

Todoist

Todoist

Arguably the best to-do list manager To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist Some to-do list apps stand head and shoulders above the rest. But how do they compare and which one is best for you? We'll help you find out. Read More out there, Todoist has both a free and paid version. Being able to add, schedule, and search for tasks with natural language is a huge plus. As are the many integrations that the app has with the automation engine IFTTT. With its cross-platform availability, quick syncing, and mass of useful features, Todoist is almost guaranteed to help you get more done.

Evernote

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Evernote is probably the world’s leading, multi-platform note-taking app, that’s also available in your browser. It’s essentially a tool that’s been designed to help you capture anything, at any time. You can save your favorite articles, photos, Pinterest pins, recipes, notes, scanned receipts etc., to your account. Evernote’s powerful search features also make it incredibly easy to find the note you’re looking for, even if like me, you have thousands of them.

OneNote

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Microsoft’s free note-taking app is, according to some, even better than Evernote. Its standout feature is the ability to customize the layout of your notes however you want. Each element within a single note can be dragged and dropped to any location. This means you can insert all sorts of media into a single note. Once you start using OneNote, it’s difficult to stop. Before you know it, you’ll be running your entire life from this web app 12 Ideas to Run Your Life Like a Boss With OneNote 12 Ideas to Run Your Life Like a Boss With OneNote OneNote can be your one-stop-shop for everything from organizing information, via managing projects, to keeping a daily journal. Here we propose a dozen ways in which you can use OneNote. Read More .

RescueTime

RescueTime

RescueTime is a browser plugin with an accompanying site that could help you save a huge amount of time. By keeping track of the time you spend on certain sites, you can see an overview of how you’re spending your time online. This insight can help you see where you’re losing too much time, and adjust your browsing habits to become even more productive.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

Google Plus hasn’t proven to have much staying power as a social network — Hangouts however, is another story. Google’s free, browser-based answer to Skype is a great application and one you’ll find yourself using to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world.

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is the awesome artificially intelligent graphing calculator that you wish you had in high school. Want to know what a function looks like? Done. Want to see how to solve an equation, step by step? Can do. Want to know the nutrition facts of a cubic parsec of fried chicken? Not a problem.  Wolfram Alpha has a bizarrely broad and sophisticated 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do I continue to be amazed by Wolfram Alpha and the way it crunches numbers around openly available data. The result – it shows us the world in a far more inter-connected and interesting way. It... Read More suite of features, and is the student’s best friend.

Join.me

Join.me

A great, easy screen-sharing application powered by LogMeIn, Join.me is great for remote collaboration for small businesses and creative ventures. No registration is needed to start an online audio call (with screen sharing), whether from your browser or from Join.me’s extremely simple mobile apps.

UpWork

Upwork

If you’re trying to get more hours out of your day Squeeze an Extra Hour out of Each Day with These 10 Quick Tips Squeeze an Extra Hour out of Each Day with These 10 Quick Tips A few simple habits can help us shed some inefficient ways and increase our reservoir of time doing the things that matter. These ideas can get you one extra productive hour every single day. Read More , outsourcing some of your tasks could be the best decision you’ll ever make. UpWork is the largest freelance jobs site online. Post a job description letting people know the kinds of tasks you’d like them to do (making reservations, data input, etc.), and you’ll receive a huge number of affordable proposals. Then pick the person you think is right for the job.

Unroll.me

Unroll.me

If, like most of us, you find yourself spending too much time in your inbox, sign up to Unroll.me. This is a free service that detects all the mailing lists you’re subscribed to. You can unsubscribe to as many as you like within a few seconds. And to help clear up your inbox even further, you can have all emails from specific senders compiled into a single email each day.

Learning

TED

TED

A wonderful platform for short video lectures, TED is a great place for inspiration 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships The best TED Talks are the ones that plant seeds in your heart, which later grow into life-altering changes. These videos provide insights into social psychology and give you some food for thought. Read More and education 5 Amazing TED Talks That Will Change How You Think About Medicine 5 Amazing TED Talks That Will Change How You Think About Medicine These five TED talks give us hints about cutting edge scientific research, and the quality of life that we might one day experience Read More . Ted Talks provide wonderful insight into the projects and ambitions of engineers, scientists, artists, and philosophers.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Blooming from a simple series of math tutorials into the largest school on planet Earth 5 Problems in Education That Technology Will Soon Solve 5 Problems in Education That Technology Will Soon Solve Education has been stuck at a plateau for several years, plagued by several different issues that are seemingly unsolvable -- but technology has finally found ways around these problems. Read More , Khan Academy is a powerful tool for teaching yourself anything from Python to linear algebra.

CreativeLive

CreativeLive

CreativeLive flies the world’s top creatives to their own studios to stream live, in-depth classes on their subject of expertise. If you catch the classes live, they’re entirely free to watch. If you want to watch them after the event, you’ll have to take out your wallet. The quality of these courses are exceptional. And they cover a huge range of creative topics, from photo and video, to art and design, to music and making.

Coursera

Coursera

Coursera lets you take free online classes from more than eighty universities and educational organizations, all in one place.

Lynda

Lynda

Lynda is kind of like the Spotify of education. From just $25 per month, you can access the entire catalog of video courses on offer. These are all incredibly easy to follow, covering both the basics and more advanced areas of many technical subjects. These range from 3D animation and CAD, to photography and coding.

Duolingo

Duolingo

Hands down the best free tool for learning another language, Duolingo makes it fun, and helps keep you engaged for the long haul.

Open Culture

OpenCulture

If you’d rather learn something more in the humanities, Open Culture has a massive number of free online courses and educational media for you to choose from. These range from complete lecture series, to free-to-access audio books.

Udemy

Udemy

Udemy mostly offers paid video courses (40,000 at the time of writing), on pretty much every topic imaginable. The courses aren’t particularly cheap, but their price is testament to their quality.

LifeHacker

LifeHacker

Want to be a more efficient person? LifeHacker is a great repository of advice and tricks for living your life better.

Instructables

Instructables

At the often-surreal intersection of shop class and Pinterest lies Instructables, a massive repository of guides for making everything from mood lamps to robots to chandeliers. If you want to make it, someone will show you how.  If you’ve been looking to get into DIY culture, Instructables is a great place to start.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth

Academic Earth was built on the premise of enabling free access to world-class education for everyone. The company is making this possible by allowing free streaming of lectures from many of the top universities on the planet. These include Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.

MAKE

MAKE

Like Instructables, MAKE is a great introduction to maker/DIY culture, and great source for tutorials.

StackOverflow

Stack Overflow

Learning to program? Trying to program? Stuck, or not understanding a concept? Ask StackOverflow! Between the searchable archive (use those first) and an active community of experts, StackOverflow is a fantastic resource for beginning and established programmers.

Social

Facebook

Facebook

We all know Facebook. It’s the most used social network on Earth and by now it’s hard to get along without it. Facebook is invaluable for organizing events, keeping in touch with old friends, and sharing bad political memes.

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter seems facile on the surface. However, it turns out that forcing succinctness eliminates a lot of the cruft that pops up on traditional social networks, and the platform has proved a great way to keep up with businesses, friends, and celebrities. Without allowing them to monopolize too much of your time.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

LinkedIn, a website you may know from those emails it keeps sending you, is a professional social network. Want a job? Need to hire somebody? LinkedIn is your friend.

Instagram

Instagram

A socially enabled photo app, Instagram is a great way to communicate visually with your friends — or to share oversaturated pictures of your food, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest is a great platform for collecting and sharing eclectic albums of visual content (much of it tutorials, recipes, decor ideas, and art).

WhatsApp

Whatsapp

Previously just a mobile messaging app, WhatsApp also has a web and desktop client. This hugely popular app has become one of the primary ways for over a billion people per month to stay in touch.

Meetup

Meetup

As an adult, meeting like-minded people outside of work can be tough. Meetup puts an end to this struggle. Acting as a directory of thousands of meetups around the world on a bewildering array of topics, it’s never been easier to make new friends, in real life.

Imgur

Imgur

Think of Imgur as a slimmed-down Pinterest. Originally developed as a photo-host for Reddit, Imgur has since bloomed into a great image-sharing platform in its own right.

Tumblr

Tumblr

Tumblr remains the king of blogging, and is a great place to connect with great original content, or put your own creations out there. While the political side of the site can be scary, the creative side of the platform is phenomenal.

Buffer

Buffer

For a few years now, Buffer (free and premium), and its accompanying browser extensions, has been making scheduling posts to your social accounts easier than ever. Simply connect your social profiles to your Buffer account, and you can quickly schedule your posts in advance.

OkCupid

Ok Cupid

If you want to get into online dating, this is the biggest, most reputable name in the business. Free, functional, and run by a gaggle of statisticians, OkCupid is a great way to meet people, and is remarkably open-minded about… well, pretty much everything, actually.

 

Search

Google

Google

You know what Google is. It is to search what the pyramids are to wonders of the world (more specifically, nobody remembers the other six). Google will find what you need, quickly and accurately. They’re the best in the business.

TinEye

Tin Eye

Want to know where a photo came from? TinEye uses “reverse image search technology” to trawl the web for images similar to the one you submit. This is great for finding other parts of an image series or finding higher-resolution or uncropped version of a low-quality image.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the greatest repositories of human knowledge Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More ever constructed. Want to know about anything, from dogs to advanced mathematics? Wikipedia can oblige you.

Midomi

Midomi

Got a song stuck in your heads, but can’t remember the words? Midomi lets you search by sound, humming the tune into your microphone and finding music that matches.

Online Privacy

Tor

Tor

In terms of online privacy, Tor is the gold standard. Tor makes it very difficult for attackers to figure out who’s talking to who, much less what they’re saying by using computers as a massive obfuscation network to bounce encrypted messages. Want to learn more? Check out our TOR User Guide Really Private Browsing: An Unofficial User’s Guide to Tor Really Private Browsing: An Unofficial User’s Guide to Tor Tor provides truly anonymous and untraceable browsing and messaging, as well as access to the so called “Deep Web”. Tor can’t plausibly be broken by any organization on the planet. Read More !

LastPass

LastPass

Keeping on top of all your passwords is tough. That’s why so many people use the same password for most of their services. Rather than do this, LastPass remembers all your passwords, and keeps them safe under lock and key. Whenever you visit a site, so long as you’re logged into your LastPass account, you can also log-in to your other accounts, without needing to remember your password. LastPass is also great for safely sharing passwords with friends and family How to Safely Share Passwords With Friends and Family How to Safely Share Passwords With Friends and Family You should never share your passwords. But you do, don't you? That's why we're going to show you how to share your passwords while keeping your accounts as secure as possible. Read More .

HaveIBeenPwned

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This site allows you to find out if any of your account information has been leaked. Just search the site for your email address, and you’ll be shown which of the leaks your data appears in so you can take necessary action to secure those accounts.

BleepingComputer.com

BleepingComputer

Think your computer has been infected with a virus or malware? Visit BleepingComputer.com. This is a huge resource not just of security news, but also virus, ransomware, adware and malware removal guides.

HideMyAss

HideMyAss

A free proxy service, allowing you to hide your IP address and location by tunneling through proxies all over the world. Great for getting around region-locked content and censorship, and staying anonymous on the internet.

Duck Duck Go

DuckDuckGo

A search engine that scrapes a variety of other search engine to provide its muscle, Duck Duck Go helps to anonymize your searches, making it harder for search engines to build up information about you from your search history. It also keeps no logs of its own users.

MyPermissions

MyPermissions

My Permissions is a handy web-app that collects permissions settings from many major services and lets you manage them from one convenient location.

TOS;DR

TOSDR

Terms of service are some of the worst text it’s possible to find on the internet. They’re dry, bland, unreadable screeds of legalese not intended for human consumption. TOS;DR takes terms of service and digests them into something succinct and meaningful. Great for people who want to take a more active role in the services they use, and how those services use their data.

JustDelete.me

JustDelete.me

An easy repository of links for purging various social media accounts from the internet with a minimum of fuss.

Browsing

Instapaper

Instapaper

Offering a similar service to Readability, Instapaper allows you to save articles to read later without any distractions. While reading these on your desktop or via the mobile app, you can highlight passages, make notes, and even integrate your account with other apps using IFTTT.

Pocket

Pocket

As a final read later app, Pocket is another popular option. With a single click, you can save videos, articles to read on any of your devices (including in your browser).

Google Translate

Google Translate

The web is bigger than just English, and Google Translate is a great tool for exploring the parts of it that exist in other languages. Available as a browser extension, Translate leverages Google’s machine learning to convert seamlessly between languages. The results aren’t perfect, but they’re good enough to get by (and getting better with every update).

JustPaste.It

JustPaste.it

A simple service for hosting samples of formatted text, at unique URLs, to be shared freely on the internet. Lightweight, useful, and clean.

Mailinator

Mailinator

Need to sign up for a sketchy service but don’t want to submit your real email to an endless torrent of spam? Mailinator lets you create unique, disposable inboxes which delete themselves after a few days.

BugMeNot

BugmeNot

Want to try a service but don’t want to give them your data or set up an account? BugMeMot lets users create shared profiles for accessing websites and then disposed, without revealing personal information.

Local

Google Maps

Google Maps

The best free mapping tool, Google Maps is great for planning trips, and finding your way around. Searching for specific local business, or just the “nearest gas station” is a breeze.

Yelp

Yelp

A local review site, Yelp lets you check what’s good in your area, and leave reviews if you have a good (or bad) experience.

Living Social

Living Social

A great resource for finding bargains at restaurants and shops in your area.

Foursquare

Foursquare

A local search app, Foursquare lets you find local establishments and attractions that you might otherwise have never discovered.

Groupon

Groupon

Somewhat similar to Living Social, Groupon offers a selection of local offers. These can often save you a hefty chunk on the original price of a meal, vacation, or tickets to a local show.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

Even if you’ve been living somewhere for years, finding something to do on your days off can sometimes be a struggle. In these cases, TripAdvisor can serve as more than a hotel and flights directory. It also has an extensive database of local attractions that’ll keep you occupied for some time to come.

Zomato

Zomato

A foodie’s resource for local restaurant reviews, Zomato is great for discovering hidden gems in your neighborhood — and finding out which expensive restaurants aren’t worth your time.

Weather Underground

Wunderground

One of the best weather sites out there, Weather Underground is a great resource, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type and need to know whether or not you’re going to freeze your jorts off.

Books

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Own an e-reader but hate paying for e-books? Luckily, a huge number of great classic books 35 Classic Novels You Can Read for Free on Your Kindle 35 Classic Novels You Can Read for Free on Your Kindle There's a treasure trove of free, out-of-copyright books available on Amazon.com to download to your Kindle right now. Here are our recommendations for classic novels you should be reading... Read More are no longer under copyright. Project Gutenberg is a massive repository for these texts, in a dazzling array of formats, all available free of charge.

GoodReads

Goodreads

A large social network for book enthusiasts! Great for keeping track of the books you’ve read, connecting with other readers, finding quality book reviews, and sharing recommendations.

Audible

Audible

The internet’s home of audio books, Audible has an insanely-sized catalog featuring most classics, many new releases, and a host of quality audio courses 14 Amazing Audible Courses (& How to Get One for Free) 14 Amazing Audible Courses (& How to Get One for Free) The Great Courses are reason enough to go to Audible. We pick the best series of lectures in science, the arts and humanities by some of the most respected scholars in their fields. Read More to keep you learning for years. These are perfect for listening to in the car, at the gym, or simply as a way of reading a book while giving your eyes time to rest from the screen.

Book Riot

Book Riot

You can be a book lover without being pretentious. And that’s exactly what Book Riot is selling. An online publication filled with witty, entertaining news and reviews of all things book-related, this is a literary blog anyone can love.

Pixel of Ink

Pixel-of-Ink

Invaluable for Kindle owners, Pixel of Ink tracks down great Kindle ebooks available cheaply or for free. Great for the bargain-hunting reader looking to expand their horizons.

What Should I Read Next?

Whathsould ireadnext

A sort of Pandora for books, this site is a book recommendation engine that takes books you’ve enjoyed and recommends new books based on them.

Hundred Zeros

Hundred-Zeros

This is a website that keeps track of the bestselling free Amazon kindle books. While there is a lot of fairly thin genre fiction, there are also some genuine gems.

WhichBook

Whichbook

Another book recommendation engine which works by taking in information about what you’re looking for, and matching you to hand-classified books in its library.

Finance & Accounting

Mint (USA & Canada)

Mint

An entirely automatic spending tracker and budgeting tool, Mint is great for people trying to build financial responsibility who have trouble keeping track of the specifics of their finances.

PayPal

Paypal

When it comes to sending and receiving money online, PayPal is a major player. A huge (and growing) number of online retailers and service providers now accept payments via PayPal. And you can even send international transfers for a pretty small fee.

Money Saving Expert

MoneySavingExpert

Money Saving Expert is an absolutely huge resource covering everything you could possible need to save money. Whether you’re trying to find coupons, or looking for credit card deals you’ll find the advice you need. The site also has an incredibly active forum if you have more specific questions to ask.

Google Finance

Google Finance

Rather than relying on just one financial news site, Google brings together stories from the many of the best. Whether that’s Reuters, Bloomberg, or the Financial Times, the main headlines will show up in Google Finance. You’ll also have easy access to all the market and portfolio data you need.

Expensify

Expensify

Need to track your spending to find out where your money is going? Expensify lets you track your spending in a number of different ways and generates expense reports and analyses for you to look over later.

TaxAct (US only)

TaxAct

Great, easy to use software for filing your taxes at the end of the fiscal year. Free for federal taxes.

Software

MakeUseOf X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows Read More

MakeUseOf

MakeUseOf maintains a list of the best free software for Windows, OSXLinuxAndroid, and iOS, and more. We also publish in-depth resources to help you get the most out of any tech you own.

GitHub

Github

GitHub, currently the most popular platform for hosting and contributing to open software projects, is fantastic. It gives access to downloads, version history, commit logs, and contributor statistics.

SourceForge

Sourceforge

Similar to GitHub, SourceForge is another open-source coding repository to help you “find, create and publish open source software for free”.

Files

Mega

mega

A successor service to the popular (and now defunct) Megaupload, Mega is currently one of the best file hosts on the internet, with local file encryption, fast downloads, and 50 GB of free storage space.

Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great solution for sharing the contents of folders between computers. As the first service that did it well, Dropbox remains the main alternative to emailing files to yourself.

OneDrive

OneDrive

Microsoft’s answer to Google Drive, OneDrive lets you host, share, and edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from your browser, across multiple machines. If you’re in Microsoft’s online ecosystem, it’s a great resource.

Google Drive

Google Drive

A virtual hard drive for hosting your files, you can access them from any internet-enabled machine, and edit them from your browser.

HighTail

highTail

When you do get stuck emailing documents to your team, HighTail is a great way to get around arbitrary file size caps on email clients, allowing you to email documents and folders up to two gigs in size. The platform also allows feedback to be left on each document uploaded for easier collaboration.

Zamzar

ZamZar

A great general file converter, allowing the conversion between many different image, audio, document, and video formats. Great for any application that supports only specific file types.

Ge.tt

Ge.tt

A barebones, social-network-integrated file-sharing app, Ge.tt lets you easily upload files and share them across a variety of platforms.

What Did We Miss?

These websites are great, but they’re still just a drop in the bucket. Which among these are your favorite picks? Did your favorite not make the cut?  Let us know! Your contributions will help us keep this list updated.

Original Version: Written by Andre Infante

Last Updated: November 10th, 2016

Image Credit: Rawpixel.com via Shutterstock.com

  1. Neville Omangi
    December 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Great Article with in-depth and wide analysis. Very useful.

  2. Aabhash Pandey
    December 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    You forgot to add quora

  3. Connie
    December 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    OK Cupid is full of scammers. Lots of guy is the military who went to the "US Army University" who are looking for "a woman good of heart who is looking for a serious relationship"

  4. Yeah
    November 27, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Anystart.com is a start page where web surfers can find the top websites on the internet categorized!

  5. Krishna
    November 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I liked your lists except your news selections. It was way to one sided in your picks. You picked mostly regressive leftist sites. It was a little scary how lopsided your picks were.

  6. Gerad
    November 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    mysavings.com is really good

  7. Kathleen Hoch
    November 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Your money saving site is for the UK only. Not helpful.

  8. A41202813GMAIL
    November 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Ironically The Link For MAKEUSEOF Itself Is Dead.

    ---

    For Music I Use WINAMP, Locally, But In The Internet I Use STREAMSQUID.

    Thank You For The Long List.

  9. name
    October 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    sex.com

  10. Jenny
    October 10, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Wattpad.com is definitely one of the best websites in the book category, I recommend that you add it immediately.

  11. abel
    August 26, 2016 at 1:16 am

    someone please text me i am confused about what songs to download?
    772 985 9450

  12. ahsan
    April 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The best site

  13. jacob
    March 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Scroll me is an awesome site with useful tips and book recommendations.

  14. dsjdjs scsnkcskc
    February 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Where is TPB?

  15. greg
    January 18, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    fulck.com has some more

  16. Jim
    December 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    ceoexpress.com

  17. Tota
    December 19, 2015 at 1:29 am

    he forgot to put games.

  18. matt
    November 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    this sitehttp://www.coinrebates.com/?r=1oEcUC6TFDTF8z5U9SETJPBHB8FS5MtFD has a huge list of stores and gives you bitcoin rebates for shopping on them. each store has a different rebate deal.

  19. Djordje Markovic
    September 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    http://www.mywebisworth.com this is another great website, like worthofweb or siteprice. Check it out!

  20. jeroen blesing
    September 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    [;

  21. Sonu Cool
    August 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    nice

  22. Richard Rubin
    August 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    A great site to find Tribute bands is tributeplanet.com

  23. Larry D Sides
    July 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Allmyfaves.com is pretty useful to put all of your favorite websites and bookmarks in one place.I made it my start page. should I know about a better alternative(s)? thanks everyone.
    .

  24. Khãlïd Idõûmghâr
    June 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    ???? ?? Thank You :)

  25. Joel Wesseling
    May 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    keep.google.com is a great Checklist/Reminder/Alerts tool.

  26. Matt Hart
    May 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    9gag! (justdelete.me)

  27. Nzube
    May 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Nicely curated list right there another is zubysnook.com

  28. Tom
    May 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Cool list, one really good productivity web app I've discovered lately is mem-note.com

  29. Excrunning
    May 4, 2015 at 5:23 am

    iCloud Drive

    http://www.icloud.com/#iclouddrive

    For anyone who uses iWork on Mac, iOS, and Windows or who has to share iWork documents between multiple editors, iCloud Drive is just as priceless as Google Drive and Office Online.

  30. BC
    April 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    In books, audible.com! It's owned by Amazon now but has the same great site and service - audible books are great for busy people and those of us who just love to be read to, by terrific narrators. HUGE selection, good buys and lots of sales and specials. Tops on my list of indispensable websites.

  31. Tourico Vacations
    April 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Tourico Vacations

    Thank for the help, I think the list is sufficient

  32. Haeshu Kasiiki
    March 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Nice list, but I disagree with the Snopes recommendation. They are run by well known liberals and while certain stories are easily provable as fact or fiction, others are not and these folks always side with the progressive/liberal ideology in those instances.

    • davea0511
      March 29, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Isn't that the truth. A number of times I've seen Snopes brand something "false", which becomes obvious was actually true when you read what they have to say about it and why they called it false (generally because the question could have been misleading). Every time they do this it errs on the left side. All these fact-watchers (quackwatchers, bias-watchers, etc) , but who is watching the watchers? Nobody. Get's pretty ugly when you dig into these organizations. "Politifact" for example, run by a liberal newspaper ... wins awards for accuracy and whistle-blowing .... awarded by other liberal news organizations. It's such a crock.

  33. Ben
    March 21, 2015 at 5:13 am

    To go along side Amazon, I highly recommend https://addonemore.com/ for finding cheap filler items to get free super saver shipping. They have a nice mobile friendly design and can search across multiple Amazon regions and categories. I use them often.

  34. Mebel Jepara
    March 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Ingin mencari furniture dan mebel yang berkualitas?

    Kami dari home industri mebel jepara ingin menawarkan barang barang furniture kayu!!

    Kursi Ukir Grand Mebel jepara
    Almari Baju Spanyol
    Tempat Tidur Mebel minimalis
    Keterangan :
    Anda bisa memesan mebel jepara motif gambar dengan jumlah pintu yang di kehendaki dan tentunya harganya disesuaikan sebagaimana Mebel minimalis.

  35. samy
    March 17, 2015 at 7:04 am

    HI wikitv.eu giving live television streaming free

  36. Ucef_Algerien.25
    March 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Great list, thanks for the hard work.. Respect :)

  37. Ruel-Spot
    March 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for this long list of the best websites on the internet....

  38. Ryan
    March 3, 2015 at 3:17 am

    d entire list of websites was amazing every single website here is so helpful

  39. Philip Bates
    February 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Geez, Andre. You had the opportunity to do a really extensive, impressive list, and this is all you could muster? Man.

    Of course, I'm joking. This is really amazing. Great work, mate.

  40. Rupesh
    February 21, 2015 at 6:29 am

    These list of sites so useful for every net user. thanks for developing this sites.
    course related site is helpful for me thank u so much....

  41. Noel
    February 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Good job, you save a lot of time,

  42. DonGateley
    February 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    You forgot Udemy for courses. Large selection and quality coursework.

  43. Aurora
    February 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    You forgot Code Academy, it's awesome and teaches you all these kinds of coding straight-forward and step by step. It's interface is awesome too.

  44. Aparajita
    February 3, 2015 at 7:09 am

    You can add a category as rich media. And Slideshare, info-graphics, docstoc can be added under this category.

  45. Jimmy.
    January 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Brilliant and most useful creation.
    It is contributions like yours that help to make the
    Internet the fantastic place that it has become.
    And makeuseof one of the best sites on the Internet.

  46. Jo Taggart
    January 20, 2015 at 11:49 am

    A lot of great resources here, thanks a lot! I'm definitely gonna check out Mega, this sounds exactly like the storage tool I've been looking for.

    I have another suggestion for the Productivity category: The collaboration suite from MeisterLabs (http://www.meisterlabs.com), which consists of the mind mapping tool MindMeister and the task management tool MeisterTask.
    Super sleek design, great workflow, and extremely easy to use. It's what we use for all our projects at the office.

  47. JACOB
    January 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Great service for transfering big files is also MyAirBridge (www.myairbridge.com). For free you can send up to 20 GB, with profile even up to 100 GB.

  48. Anonymous
    January 18, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Verify before you trust

  49. Doug Baland
    January 17, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    lol'ing at Al Jazerra being a news source. What exactly does anyone trust coming from them? In reporting facts to viewers they are consistently at the bottom with CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS & ABC (all received less than 30% fact rating). Couple that with each of their respective ratings with regard to injecting bias/opinion into news stories, Al Jazerra, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS & ABC all receive a rating of 55% or higher for injecting bias/opinion into news stories. Not much better, FOX, which received 53% fact rating & a 37% bias/opinion rating.

    Bottom-line...they all have a bias and leave it to you to verify to ensure you are receiving accurate, fact based information surrounding news stories. Sad state of our news media today. Opps, forgot 538, their ratings are worse than CNN/Al Jazz club. 538 is so bad they received a "heavy political bias & opinion" rating and a less than 15% fact rating. Scary stuff, trust but verify....always.

    • Guy
      January 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Doug,

      Very interesting stats. What news sources did get respectable ratings?

      It's scary and sad. Even a fictional show about telling the truth in news can't survive today.

    • Dr. Ronaldo
      February 4, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Politifact.org won the Pulitzer for news service fact-checking. More news stations and journalists respect them above all others. Fox News is rated near the bottom of every category when it comes to providing accurate information. Since you did_not_provide the name of any evaluating organisation, I'll assume, for now, your percentages are driven by someone's own bias. Your? Neuroscientists have now identified the types of personalities that watch the more biased networks, especially MSNBC and Fox. Too bad, because these same people are more driven by brain circuits to fabricate info to support their political agendas. More research is on the way.

    • davea0511
      March 29, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Funny Dr. Ronaldo, politifact.com which rates Fox news low is run by Tampa Bay times, a left leaning news organization (is there any other kind, other than fox?).

  50. Punit Jain
    January 17, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I use many of the websites mentioned. would surely try the ones that I have missed.

    a really good website for comparing Software packages for a specific task : toptenreviews.com
    You guys forgot about XDA , Tech Forums, also, many of the "Learn code for free" websites are not mentioned.

    another one which can be useful to check if a website is down just for you or is it for all : http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com

    Google books also deserves a mention for a quick searchable database of books, parts of which can be read online for free.

    Extremetech.com is a good website for Latest innovations in Science.

    another website that needs mention is Skillshare, a really nice website which does exactly what its name is, share skills, worth checking out atleast once.

    Craked.com, 9gag, buzzfeed, storypick.com also can be included under Fun Websites.

    ans yeah, the list is just awesome, most of the websites mentioned are very efficient in doing what they are for. nice job guys.

  51. Steve
    January 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I am familiar with a lot of the sites listed and agree they provide a great service for their expertise. The one that I was surprised not to see was "Gizmo's Freeware" or techsupportalert.com. It really provides a lot of software comparison and information. A place I always look to first when checking for the latest and greatest free things on the internet.

  52. Romel Fausto
    January 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    For music I would like Songza to be on the list.

  53. Brian
    January 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    please add bandcamp to the music category

    • jj
      March 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      i dont know that

  54. Wolf
    January 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    RottenTomatoes is kinda crummy. The way the ratings are calculated, if every critic thinks a movie is slightly above mediocre, it gets a 100, and to us it looks like the best movie ever. Metacritic is much better, since it generates and actual average of scores, and gives a more accurate assessment.

  55. Mark Davies
    January 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Online Privacy - Hola (hola.org) free VPN

  56. Elmor Schozenhowser
    January 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    VERY helpful and informative. Thanks

  57. dan
    January 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    You could have made this list a lot shorter and just listed it like this:

    Best website for everything:

    Google.com

    • Dumb comment hater
      February 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

      You should have figured out before you started writing that one thing does not constitute a list. Really funny joke though.

    • Dumb comment hater
      February 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Haha...point of comment: check it out, I know what search engines do AND I can even name a pretty popular one.

  58. Kingsley
    January 16, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Do you know of the best opensourece erp website: odoo.com

  59. J Maharjan
    January 16, 2015 at 4:46 am

    cracked.com is a great website for knowledge, information and comedy.

  60. Brian Tkatch
    January 16, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Nice list.

  61. Anonymous
    January 16, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Very good information. It will be fun trying out most of these sites.Great efforts.

    • Jerry
      April 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

      One thing that could be included in "News" if you're a sports fan is The Sporce. A free daily email newsletter that covers everything in sports. Takes five minutes to read and it's pretty damn funny!

  62. Evan
    January 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Didn't know abou Zamzar. Looks like it could be useful the next time someone asks me how they can modify their pdf.

    • rando
      March 25, 2015 at 4:45 am

      Yoy ask what we miss but where do i tell?

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