Best Free Internet Sites

Knowledge

MOOCs (Massively Online Open Courses)

Music

Languages

Other

E-Books

Audiobooks

Video games

Freeware:

 

Multiplayer games you might’ve never heard of (all 100% free, without microtransactions):

Freeware and F2P games recommended by other users:

Abandonware:

Older games (not in the above sites):

F2P (microtransactions)

  • Steam F2P section – Some of these are completely freeware. Most of them are multiplayer.
  • MMOBomb.com – They also have a list of F2P games.

MOBAs (other than LoL and Dota2):

Other

  • Path of Exile (in my opinion, the best and fairest F2P MMORPG) – Action RPG, similar to Diablo
  • Team Fortress 2 (in my opinion, the fairest F2P MMOFPS, and you can buy the premium account with Steam Trading Cards from 2 games)
  • Quake Live (several people have told me this isn’t free anymore.)
  • Card Hunter (for those who like board games)
  • Pokemon TCG
  • Hearthstone (for those who like collectible card games)

More Games:

  • SMITE – A MOBA with a 3rd person view (behind the character), has a lot more game modes than pretty much all MOBAs, more newb-friendly (EDIT than some other MOBAs).
  • Quake Live – Quake 3 remake, recently released on Steam (after 5 years or so). No longer free.
  • Tribes: Ascend – A pretty good Tribes game from the makers of SMITE.
  • Sauerbraten – Pretty good shooter for non-competitive uses or when I feel pissed off.
  • SNESfun Online SNES emulation.

Freeware sites

  • FileHippo – Freeware downloads
  • Ninite – Package your favorite apps in a bundle and use it to install and update apps instantly.
  • TechSupportAlert – Freeware recommendations

Other

  • Guerilla Mail – Disposable and temporary e-mail adresses. Use these to create your accounts and no more spam in your private e-mail adress.
  • PortableApps – Portable apps and PortableApps suite for USBs
  • Pixlr – Online image editor (like Photoshop, but very lite). Also includes desktop version.
  • LastPass, KeePass – 2 different password managers, LastPass works inside the browser, KeePass has its own program.

Some programs I like to use

  • 7zip – Compression utility with a somewhat minimalist interface, but plenty of features.
  • MusicBee – A well-rounded music manager with a wealth of additional features like ripping, normalizing, converting…
  • MiniLyrics – Synchronizes lyrics with the music.
  • SumatraPDF – Ultra-light and all I need for reading PDFs (Foxit or PDF-XChange are good too and have more features)
  • MPC-HC – Like VLC but more lightweight and with a similar set of features.
  • Notepad++ Source code editor and Notepad replacement. Thanks /u/FPSXpert
  • Brackets.io Source code editor by Adobe with some Illustrator integration and Live Preview in Chrome. Thanks /u/abbylangner
  • EditPadLite – Notepad with just the text editing and not coding language options like Notepad++.
  • MalwareBytes Anti-Malware – Pretty much my secondary, on-demand malware scanner alongside my primary, real-time scanner (which is currently Avast, but really any anti-virus program is good)
  • F.lux – Utility that warms the colour of your screen and makes it easier to look at (and also has brightness control).
  • LibreOffice – Open source MS Office alternative.
  • MS Office Viewers – If LibreOffice fails to open MS Office files correctly, this steps in.
  • CCleaner – Indispensible for cleaning your computer (just be wary when you delete registry files).
  • RevoUninstaller – For clean and thorough uninstalls.
  • GIMP Picture editor similar to Photoshop in functionality.

Free VPN Services and How to Use a VPN

What is a VPN?

VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network.

A VPN is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to a private network.

A VPN can connect multiple sites over a large distance just like a Wide Area Network (WAN). VPNs are often used to extend intranets worldwide to disseminate information and news to a wide user base. Educational institutions use VPNs to connect campuses that can be distributed across the country or around the world.

In order to gain access to the private network, a user must be authenticated using a unique identification and a password. An authentication token is often used to gain access to a private network through a personal identification number (PIN) that a user must enter.

VPN in the way we mean and use it is not that much different to the described way. We join a virtual private network from a VPN provider and get a not public routed IP and can access the internet through NAT (like adding default gateway to the VPN one). And for securing our connection they also do not log anything (<- that’s not standard, but should be with a good provider)

 

I see a lot of “Free VPN Services” is this possible or are they just scamming me.

Many people agree “If you’re not paying for it, then you are the product.” Hosting a VPN service can be very expensive and any VPN service that offers free service has to pay their bills some how. A free VPN service is not recommended.

What does the six strike thing mean?

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the US organization tasked with developing a workable system for “punishing infringement of copyright” on the web, has explained how the six strikes program for US internet users will work. More Information can be found in this article

 

There are a lot of companies out there offering VPN services. What are the top 3 most trusted, user-friendly vpns? Will it run on windows, linux and mac?

Not that easy to answer, since everyone will have other personal preferences

 

What is the best balance of quality with monthly cost for VPN?

A good VPN should cost between $5-10 a month.

 

Should I always run my VPN? Even when gaming or shopping online?

For gaming, no, it will increase your latency (ping) too much, and isn’t really needed. The only times it could help would be when you log into the game with username/password, or if the game has an online/in-game store you’re buying from with a real credit card. You should verify that communications with the login screen and store are encrypted (as they should be and probably are on every major online game) before using it.

For shopping – if the shopping site uses https:// for every page, or at least the payment pages, then it is already encrypted for those pages. Anyone listening in will only be able to see what site you are shopping at, but the not the contents of your communications with it. If you want to eliminate the possibility of eavesdroppers or men-in-the-middle seeing even what store you are shopping at then you should use a VPN.

Do I need to do anything with my router?

Just for VPNing on a single computer? No.

 

List of VPN Providers

3Monkey
AceVPN
ActiVPN
AirVPN
Anonine
Anonymizer
Astrill
AzireVPN
BeeVPN
BlackVPN
Blockless
BolehVPN
Boxpn
BTGuard
Buffered
CactusVPN
ChillGlobal
Cloak
CryptoHippie
CryptoStorm
CyberGhost
DissembleVPN
DotVPN
Doublehop.me
EarthVPN
ExpressVPN
Faceless.ME
FinchVPN
Freedom-IP
Freedome
FrootVPN
FrostVPN
GoTrusted
GoVPN
Hide.me
HideIPVPN
HideMyAss
Hola!VPN
Hotspot Shield
IBVPN
In-Disguise
Insorg
Integrity.st
Internetz.me
IPinator
IPredator
IPVanish
Ironsocket
Ivacy
IVPN
Kepard
LeVPN
LibertyShield
LibertyVPN
LimeVPN
LiquidVPN
Lokun
Mullvad
My Expat Network
MyIP
MyPrivateNetwork
MyVPN.Pro
Newshosting
NEXTGenVPN
NolimitVPN
NordVPN
NVPN
OctaneVPN
OverPlay
oVPN.se
oVPN.to
Perfect Privacy
Private Internet Access
PrivatePackets.io
PrivateTunnel
PrivateVPN
Privatoria.net
Proxy.sh
ProXPN
PRQ
PureVPN
RA4W VPN
RiseupVPN
SaferVPN
SecureVPN.to
SecurityKISS
Seed4me
ShadeYou
SlickVPN
Smart DNS Proxy
Sonic.net
Steganos
StrongVPN
SwitchVPN
SumRando
SunVPN
SurfEasy
TigerVPN
Torguard
TorrentPrivacy
Trust.Zone
TunnelBear
Tunnelr
TVWhenAway
Unblock-Us
Unlocator
UnoTelly
Unspyable
VikingVPN
VPN4All
VPN Land
VPN Shield
VPN Unlimited
VPN.ac
VPN.Asia
VPN.ht
VPN.sh
VPNArea
VPNAUS
VPNBaron
VPNJack
VPNMe
VPNSecure
VPNTunnel
VyprVPN
WASEL Pro
WifiMask
WiTopia
WorldVPN
Zenmate
ZoogTV
ZPN

See here for more details.

Beware of False Reviews – VPN Marketing and Affiliate Programs

When I began alpha testing what would eventually become the technology behind my service, I had no idea what marketing on the internet was like. I only knew network security and speeds, and I strongly disliked the performance of the VPN services that I had tried out. I saw an opportunity to create a service for people like me who were fed up with slow, unreliable, and shoddy networks. Before joining up with my partners and actually starting a serious company, all I knew about internet marketing was that you paid for ads on ad networks and users clicked those ads to hopefully sign up for your service.

Now, two years later, I have a much greater understanding of how this business works. It is dirty, it is shady, and it is cutthroat. Competitors will pay black-hat parties to DDoS your website or services, they will pay script kiddies with botnets to commit massive click-fraud on your ads, they will pay individuals huge sums of money to spam websites with praise for their product, and they will pay people to praise themselves and denounce others en-masse in “review” websites.

The VPN market is not one of healthy competition, and it does not operate in the best interests of the privacy minded consumer. Unless you are talking to someone you personally know and trust, it is hard to get an honest review about any service.

The biggest evidence for this is with a little research, you can find out who is paying the most affiliate cash, and compare that to who “wins” the VPN reviews. Invariably, the ones that pay the most tend to show up at the top of the lists, and the ones that don’t pay affiliate cash either don’t even get a review, or get shoved down to the bottom of the site in obscurity.

Let me be frank. These sites are nothing more than “linkfarming” sites in disguise. They put up as many affiliate links as they can, then give the highest paying ones praise to rake in money. There is no other motivation.

 

 

Saving Money Using Incognito Mode in Web Browser

Let’s all be honest here, incognito mode is known to be ‘porn’ mode. But there are other very useful purposes for it. A few I know off hand is if you are on a friends computer or on a Mac at the apple store, open up incognito to do your facebooking or tweeting. Also you can check your email among other sites that require a login. This way, when you close the browser, it’s as if you were never there.

Popular belief (or fact) is that airlines charge you more if they see you browsing flights before you actually book one. Open up incognito mode if you want to browse flights and you’ll be smooth sailing, …errr or flying.

Incognito is a feature for the Google Chrome Browser. Almost every (if not every) browser has this feature but it is called other names. Firefox has inPrivate Browsing, IE has Private Browsing, etc.

 

List of Uses for Incognito mode:

  • First and foremost, porn
  • Log into a second website (second login for reddit, gmail, gf’s facebook, etc.)
  • View facebook and other social media on public computers (Read the blurb at the bottom)
  • View email on public computer (Samsies as above)
  • Quick logout when you exit the browser. Useful for banks, emails, facebook, etc.
  • Check airline prices (without computer saving your cookies thus jacking up airline costs (yes this is true, there is multiple articles around reddit that talks on this subject including LPTs and AMAs to name a few))
  • Disabling Extensions on the fly for sites that don’t cooperate (News for example)
  • News sites like after you hit the article limit on NY times, the paywall on the Daily Telegraph, Hacker News has a anti-procrastination time delay
  • If you want an unbiased google search result (google tailors based on previous searches)
  • Online shopping for SO or friend that uses the computer so they can’t see what you got them
  • Double printing coupons. (Some sites monitor if you have been there)
  • Use it on a friends laptop to keep the out of your history
  • See how your facebook looks to the public
  • View LinkedIn profiles without people knowing you visited them
  • Private browsing in general