There are now over 1 billion sites on the web – which would be amazing, except so many of them leave a lot to be desired. In fact, a lot of them are downright scary (and no, we’re not just talking about the ones with 800 cat-themed videos). The good news is that in this bottomless mine of websites, there are some really useful gems. Here are my top 8:

Scr.im

This nice and simple website converts your email address into a robot-proof link, so that it won’t get scrubbed by spammers – and your inbox won’t get overloaded with crap. Thanks Scr.im!

FaxZero

OK, so faxes aren’t as popular as they once were. But they still exist, and some industries (e.g. legal, medical) rely on them because they’ve been deemed safer than scanning or emailing documents. But guess what? You don’t have a fax machine! And you aren’t about to buy one either. So what happens when you actually need to send a fax? No problem: FaxZero has you covered. It’s an online service that lets you send up to 5 faxes per day (what are you, a pharmacist or something?), and it’s FREE.

Basecamp

Basecamp is a cool online project management platform that is ideal for relatively simple projects. It’s cloud-based, which is great if you have remote teams or use multiple devices in your work.

Instructables

I recently came across this one and it’s great! Instructables is a community of wonderful geeks who share their creations and discuss how they put them together, helping you learn from their expertise. You’ll find raspberry pi projects, and plenty more.

GoToMeeting

Citrix’s GoToMeeting simply and easily lets you connect with anyone via the web (VoIP). It’s great for video conferences, demos, remote interviews and more. We use it here at Devolutions and it’s getting the job done!

MxToolbox

MxToolbox is a multi-platform service that offers network diagnostic and lookup tools, as well as related email security services. One aspect of the website that is particularly useful is the blacklists page, which lets you test a mail server IP address against over 100 DNS-based email blacklists. I use this tool a lot!

WeTransfer

Have you ever wanted to send a file to a colleague, only to have it repeatedly bounce back because it was too big? Well, WeTransfer solves that. It features some really cool desktop and mobile apps as well.

Network-Tools.com

As you can guess from its name, Network-Tools.com offers DNS tools to test your network, such as ping, lookup, trace, spam blacklist check, etc. Try it and you’ll soon see how useful it can be. It’s similar to MxToolbox and well worth checking out.

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn: please share your list of the most useful websites in your professional life, and tell us why you love them so much. Your insights and experiences can benefit IT pros around the world.