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12 Best Free Services on the Internet

by on July 07, 2015
in Computers and Software, Health and Home, Tips & How-Tos :: 3 comments

by Ann-Marie Alcántara

While you probably know about some of the free things on the Internet, we think you should know about the very best. All of these ideas come courtesy of Reddit and one of its most popular threads ever, titled "What free stuff on the internet should everyone be taking advantage of?"  Below, we narrowed it down to the most useful products and services around. Be prepared to bookmark most, if not all, of these.

Watch entertaining documentaries

While we have no problem binge-watching television on Netflix, Documentary Heaven is a good alternative when you're in the mood for something more serious. There are plenty to choose from, and the site also has a "Most Popular This Week" tab if you want to make a quick decision.

Score ebooks

If you're any kind of bookworm, Project Gutenberg is about to become your new favorite site. Here you can find over 49,000 free ebooks to pick from, and the download process is seamless.

Save money with coupons

No matter if you're a frequent shopper or not, RetailMeNot is a site to always check before making online purchases. There's almost always a coupon to choose that will help save you some cash, which, in our books, is never a bad thing.

Become fluent in a new language

Say goodbye to Rosetta Stone and hello to Duolingo, an app that lets you learn a variety of languages like Spanish and Dutch. It's easy to use and actually feels like you're learning a language you could use in the real world.

Take any class

There's never an end to learning and Coursera offers classes from many universities like Stanford and Duke. You don't have to follow a schedule and can choose any of the topics available. (There are other similar sites to check out as well.)

Learn how to code

If computer science has ever interested you or you're wondering what it even is, Codecademy can teach you everything. Choose from a variety of topics, like how to create a website or improving your HTML skills. Best of all, it's easy to use.

Edit photos without Photoshop

Whether you want to professionally edit photos or just touch up something, Pixlr is an awesome site. You can work in layers, with a paint bucket tool, and more

so you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on Photoshop. (Check out all these other free photo-editing websites, too.)

Listen to audiobooks

Similar to Project Gutenberg, LibriVox uses volunteers to record audiobooks in the public domain. There are over 8,000 audiobooks to choose from and, of course, you can volunteer yourself.

Manage your money

Like a clean overview of what's going on with your finances and budget plans? Mint helps keep track of all your spending, sets budgets and savings goals, and is all around a great tool to use your money more wisely.

Recycle used items

Reduce, reuse, and recycle items with Freecycle, a website dedicated to connecting people locally to goods. It's like Craigslist, but more sustainable.

Get advice from someone who cares

Sometimes, there are days when you just need to talk about your life and 7 Cups of Tea is there for you. You can speak to "trained active listeners" that keep your conversation totally anonymous while helping you out through any situation.

Keep passwords in one spot

Instead of writing down your passwords on a piece of paper, keep them secure online with LastPass. You can store tons of passwords and never worry again about getting locked out of an account.

If for any reason these still aren't enough, you can check out another list full of more services to explore. Seriously, what did we do before the Internet was around?

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LastPass Rules!

From Jeffrey Deutsch on July 08, 2015 :: 4:39 pm

I’ve sworn by LastPass for years. Their security—even for free users—is awesome.

(You’re going to use two-part authentication, right? Even if you haven’t got a smartphone that can use Google Authenticator or a similar app, you can print out your very own grid and have the system give you coordinates each time you log in—you type in the answers you unique grid gives you.)

It even includes a free credit monitoring service.

NB: The free version doesn’t include either the smartphone app or permission for any commercial use. However, the premium version goes for the princely sum of one dollar a month (payable annually), and it also gets you faster turnaround on your support questions.

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LastPass NOT!

From Robert Anderson on July 08, 2015 :: 4:46 pm

Why would anyone trust a password manager that was hacked just a few weeks ago?
Try Dashlane, its much more secure.

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LastPass is quite secure

From Josh Kirschner on July 09, 2015 :: 9:49 am

We need to be clear about what the LastPass hack really means. Yes, the LastPass servers were hacked, which is not a good thing, However, LastPass uses extremely strong encryption for user master passwords (unlike many other services), so the likelihood that hackers would be able to do anything with that password data is very unlikely.

Also, it’s not necessarily safe to assume that just because we haven’t heard about a breach at Company A, doesn’t mean that one hasn’t occurred. Silence can mean either A) the company has not been hacked, b) the company has been hacked, but they don’t realize it or c) the do realize it, but are trying to cover it up. At least when companies announce breaches, it demonstrates that they are detecting intrusions and we get insight into how they deal with those intrusions and the protection level on their data.

But, yes, we like Dashlane a lot, too. grin

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