15 Online Tools that You Will Come to Love as a Tech

Tools Icon I have compiled a list of 15 free online tools that will help you greatly as a tech. I’m sure that there are other good ones that I have left out so please feel free to post the ones that you like as well.

IPTools offers a wide variety of online networking tools. With this site you can look up IP address information, check spam databases, run pings, run traceroutes, lookup WHOIS information and much more.


BugMeNot allows you to find and share logins for sites that require you to register. This tool is great to use when you don’t want to have to go through the process of creating an account for a site when you just want to login once for something like a driver.


SpeedTest.net allows you to test your Internet connection speed. It’s great to use when you want to see if your ISP is holding up on their end of the bargain.


Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark sites and view them from any computer. This site is great because not only can you bookmark sites and view them anywhere, you can also search through everyone’s bookmarks to find great tech articles.


Omnidrive is an online storage service that allows you to upload large files, access them from any computer, and share them with other people. They also offer the ability to edit your Office documents using Zoho without ever downloading them. You get 1GB free and the ability to upgrade to 1 terabyte. This site is great for hosting your tech tools and accessing them from computers you are working on.


10 Minute Mail allows you to create temporary email addresses that expire after 10 minutes. It’s great to use for sites that require you to receive something through email but you don’t want to be bombarded with spam.


Free Password Generator
Free Password Generator generates very strong and unique passwords. Before you generate your passwords, you can predefine settings such has what type of symbols to use and the length you want it to be.


Trend Micro HouseCall is an online virus, spyware, and malware scanner that runs in your web browser. It’s very handy when you are working on a computer that doesn’t have antivirus software and you want to scan it without having to install one.


You Get Signal allows you to check which ports are open into your network. This is great tool to use when you are trying to patch holes in your firewall.


WhatIsThatFile.com allows you to identify unknown files on a computer. This tool is great for looking up files that you suspect might be possible viruses, trojans, or malware.


YouSendIt allows you to send large files to other people when the files are too large for your email. This tool is a great alternative to using FTP.


DLL-files.com has a huge library of downloadable dll files. Next time you get an error about a missing dll file, you can go here and download it.


Google Microsoft Search allows you to search specifically through Microsoft-related sites. This site is great for searching through Microsoft tech articles for a specific problem.


Zamzar is a file conversion tool that allows you to convert file types through their site. Currently they support over 60 file types. This is a great tool for converting files when you don’t have the appropriate application to do so.


Default Router Passwords Database allows you to search for router as well as other devices default passwords. This tool comes in very handy when you have to reset a device but can’t find the manual to look up the default password.


  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 4, 2007

    Zamar is a cool site when you can’t find a downloadable application to help you convert files but make sure you have your popup blocker on before navigating here. My first visit resulted in 3 popups that repeated once I attempted to close them.

    Nasty. They could learn something from Google’s unobtrusive text based ads.

    • Anonymous

      Reply Reply December 4, 2007

      Media-convert is a site just like Zamzar, but without the obtrusive ads. They convert more file types than Zamzar. I use them for just any conversions I need to do.

      • Anonymous

        Reply Reply December 4, 2007

        Desktoptopia is a cool app for the mac that loads designer desktops on your monitor from an ever growing database of top creative desktops.


        • Anonymous

          Reply Reply December 8, 2007

          In addition to my last post, http://www.youconvertit.com/ lets you convert files up to 300Mb in size, instead of media-convert’s 150Mb and zamzar’s 100Mb. It also lets you convert up to 5 files at once.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 12, 2007

    There are some great tools here, well worth a look.

    • jon.meade

      Reply Reply December 8, 2007

      sry for double post, I thought the comment wasn’t adding correctly (I just made an acount btw)

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 12, 2007

    This is a fantastic list. I submitted it to BloggingZoom.com because I know there are people there who could make use of these tools. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 12, 2007

    I would like to add Zoho to the list. It provides around 14 different tools like wiki to CRM tools, chat and may more.
    Sumanth Krishna

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 16, 2007

    Good list. Regarding security and mail delivery, I suggest this very interesting service:


    It’s very useful, reliable and easy-to-use. A big help ensuring your privacy online.

    p.s. of course…it’s free without any limitation.

    Scibiz (http://www.scibiz.it/blogging)

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 17, 2007

    http://www.google.com/linux (if u add a “/” to the end it wont work)

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 29, 2007

    There are more free DNS, IP and host tools at mydnstools.info, including a very cool web host / webserver info tool.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 14, 2008

    Outstanding list of tools. Especially Zamzar. I had forgotten about it and your list reacquainted me with the service. I was looking for something to change a pdf to a doc file for a client. The Zamzar application was just what the doctor ordered.

    Thanks a lot
    George Stark

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 15, 2008

    Here is a list that has hundreds of free ware ranked by popularity

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 24, 2008

    I find FreeTube useful when theres some news event thing happening that I want to learn more on..it shows live television channels mostly news rather entertaining.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply March 9, 2008

    Great list bro.

    my site:
    free razr

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply March 15, 2008

    I use GuerrillaMail for temp email. I use XDrive for online storage(even though I despise AOL) it is an excellent tool it gives 5 Gb and has a per file limit of 2.5Gb compared to box.net it blows it away and there is a free client you can run on your machine that mounts the 5Gb as a network drive. Really quite impressed with it. I like and use most of the others too, nice list. Also instead of Trends housecall(used to use it) ESET has now made an online scanner on their site(as far as I, and most security sites, are concerned is the best AV). Thanks for the list.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 9, 2008

    I don’t mean to sound as if I have all the answers – but I found a FANTASTIC website that has techs that work with you on the phone to fix any PC issue FREE – not only that, but this website has a toolbar called “The Gadgetbar Toolbar” and it has most if not all of each and every link on this webpage and more!!!! I might even dare say that it even has links to other similar websites that have better free tests & scans than the ones that have been offered by everyone here… How they found all of this cool info – I don’t know… But the collection of helpful stuff they found and put into their toolbar is by far much greater / larger than the amount of things offered here on this page…. Like I said – I offer no offense in boasting that I have all the answers, but if so many of you really appreciate this web page for the few links it offers to other help websites – then you will definitely LOVE The Gadgetbar Toolbar AND the I.G. Headquarters website!!!! http://www.ig-headquarters.com/index.htm

    Just another helpful offer of what I found – hope you like it.

    • Simon Green

      Reply Reply September 15, 2008

      lol wtf
      quite possibly the worst website i’ve seen since 1999

      • Charles Moore

        Reply Reply June 13, 2009

        Simon, I would have to agree – the absolute WORST! I say we nominate it to websitesthatsuck.com !

  • Nick

    Reply Reply April 9, 2008

    I just came upon this while using my Stumbleupon toolbar! As I read all of these posts and tried all of the links, I realized this was indeed a good idea…. But that last post by "Anonymous" really got me curious… The IG headquarters website really is pretty cool. I downloaded and installed the gadgetbar toolbar and even though I haven’t yet seen all of the links on this page inside the toolbar, I did see some so far – so perhaps it is for real. Gadgetbar definitely has a ton of free scans and stuff. I am running them on my other computer as I am typing on this one. I am also a strong believer in the Firefox browser. I won’t surf without it. Gadgetbar works for Firefox too, which is good! I see that even though it may be true that they have a lot more to offer than a few links, they also offer a gigantic database of free online streaming TV & Movies too! THAT IS MORE MY CUP OF TEA! Yeah, I like helpful links, free tests and scans – but my heart is into entertainment! One of the links I found in Gadgetbar is for PC Pitstop:  http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/default.asp

    There are really too many to mention and this one may already be a popular one.. The Gadgetbar and the site that created it have one thing in common with Emerging Techs: They both have a ton of helpful, free information!

    Gadgetbar has my vote!


  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 24, 2008

    Great list. I just created a del.ico.us account and then bookmarked most of the other sites ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the info


  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply May 5, 2008

    Get a linux live CD, and put all the kiddy toys back in the box.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply May 30, 2008

    This is a multi utility toolbar that provides you free POP3 access to gmail, yahoo and hotmail. With a built in radio, it will add games, humour and life to your browser. Features are better experienced than told.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 3, 2008

    to avoid the pop ups refresh the page 3 times before you use it
    works for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 10, 2008

    How is a linux live CD going to be any quicker at doing any of things mentioned above?
    Do you even know what a linux live CD is?

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 28, 2008

    for writing that comment

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply July 28, 2008

    I would like to recommend Mr Login. It’s a free online tool that stores passwords and login details, so you just need to remember only one password.

  • Minni

    Reply Reply August 22, 2008

    I really like yougetsignal and yousendit. Very useful applications, especially for advanced users. Yousendit should increase features for their free service, but anyway, its a fantastic service.

  • Simon Green

    Reply Reply September 15, 2008

    I’d have to add PC Tools password generator:

  • advanced search

    Reply Reply September 17, 2008

    this is great site

    thanks a lot

  • Shannon VanWagner

    Reply Reply September 22, 2008

    Cool post, Thanks!

    Here’s my contribution:

    Use this resource to choose the GNU/Linux LiveCD that’s best for you:

    Use this resource to learn more about GNU/Linux distros:

    Another speedtest website:

    Online Email/MX tester:

    See what type of server a site is running(and other tools):



    Shannon VanWagner

    Get your cool GNU/Linux shirt here:

  • Rob

    Reply Reply October 17, 2008

    To check you email server against all the major email blacklist organizations, with links and information on how to resolve blacklisting problems, try this fast and free tool: http://blacklistmonitoring.com/lookup/email_blacklist_IP_address_lookup.php

  • Zeev

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008


    I would like to draw your attention to http://www.showdocument.com that we recently launched.
    It allows instant co-browsing on any document, something like a collaborative Zoho share.
    You upload your document and invite your friends to view it with you.

    There is a review at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10070332-2.html“>http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10070332-2.html


  • PC Pitstop Promo Code

    Reply Reply November 29, 2008

    Regarding PC pitstop, they are currently running a special sale where you can get 25% off all of their products if you enter the right promo code.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 14, 2008

    A good online storage is . Free 50GB of storage, 2GB max file size upload.

  • Max M

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Another cool utility you should review is Mashed Life. I use it, and it lets me store my passwords online and then access them using a single log in. Then, using a Bookmark from my browser, it lets me log into any site I have stored my account information for.

    This can be used on any browser or OS, even the iPhone. Also, it has security certificated from top companies so its pretty safe.

    You should check it out, and maybe do a review at http://www.mashedlife.com

  • coupon

    Reply Reply December 31, 2008

    Good find! My new fav is: coupon

  • Phill

    Reply Reply January 2, 2009

    Omnidrive is now de-facto defunct. It’s website now redirects to a financial service.

  • Steven

    Reply Reply March 21, 2009

    Try verzend.be: (yousendit alternative)
    – 1GB size limit
    – 100% free
    – Password protected folders
    – Fast, No limits, No adds!

  • Jake

    Reply Reply May 16, 2009

    Thanks for this!

  • pariah

    Reply Reply June 3, 2009


  • Michel

    Reply Reply June 13, 2009

    I also often use iptools.biz for online networking tools.

  • mark

    Reply Reply July 12, 2009

    This could give me a good idea and able to use it in the future. thanks.

  • umer saleem

    Reply Reply August 19, 2009

    PhotuFunia is a great site too
    it is a big picture effects online tool.
    DO TRY IT!

  • Spy Gear

    Reply Reply September 25, 2009

    Great list of tools. very helpful thanks

  • ken

    Reply Reply September 28, 2009

    japan 15 minitus free mail site

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply October 3, 2009

    Awesome tools, thanks v. much

  • Lou Anderson

    Reply Reply October 18, 2009

    I just want to know if I am paying for something
    that causes /ig at the end of websites I type in. Please help….I have no idea what it is!

    • Casey

      Reply Reply October 20, 2009


      I’m not sure I understand what you are talking about. My site is completely free. Maybe you should check your computer for spyware.

  • Great article that ten minute mail is something i will use

  • HawgBreath

    Reply Reply May 7, 2010

    http://www.opendns.com is a great free service that you can customize so your kids, (grandkids), won’t accidently stumble into porn sites.

    Sure beats a 5 megabyte host file that needs frequent updates.

  • HawgBreath

    Reply Reply May 7, 2010

    Hers’s another freebee worth a minute of your time to check out.


    also check this out


    Just fill in the site you want to check out where indicated in the links above and this McAfee run service will display a diagram of links from that site and other valuable info.

  • Pixie

    Reply Reply December 12, 2010

    http://www.senditconfidential.com is a secure messaging service that prevents recipients from printing or forwarding your messages, lets you send messages that get deleted from the recipient’s inbox after a selected date and can insert watermarks into your message. It even lets you delete a message from the recipient’s inbox after you’ve sent it.

  • Peoplelink

    Reply Reply January 5, 2011

    What about the tools that helps for video conferencing softwares. http://www.peoplelink.in is providing video conferencing software for business world over.

  • danni

    Reply Reply March 15, 2011

    And Online Toolz

  • Carlos

    Reply Reply April 14, 2011

    “Bugmenot” almost never works.

  • boating

    Reply Reply June 3, 2011

    You should add Zoho to the list.

  • alex

    Reply Reply December 19, 2012

    Having all said, You forgot:

  • Aswin

    Reply Reply August 25, 2014

    Nice tool collections.

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