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The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.
  • Get Net Wise is a site that tries to protect Internet users, especially those who are not technically inclined, from the evil doers. There is a section for kids, also.
  • Internet Health Report is put together by the folks at Mozilla. This is an annual report that shows trends in the use of the Internet, degree of access to Internet resources, security issues, etc.
  • The Tourbus has been around for awhile and was very useful. Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin drove this thing and it is worth a visit. Check out the archives.
  • Internet 101 has information on browsing, using email, Internet safety, and how to use search engines.
  • Learn the Internet is for beginners with a good overview of a variety of issues related to using the Internet.
  • About-the-Web has plenty of tips and tricks for newbies. Covers all aspects of using the Web: email, browsers, search engines, etc.
  • Web Developer's Handbook is a great collection of reference material, links to tutorials, scripts, etc.
  • The Web Developer's Virtual Library of Tutorials has some great material.
  • Internet Traffic Report shows you whether it's just your computer that's slow or the whole network.
  • Stroud's Internet Resources has some how-to articles for web site developers.
  • INTERNIC Whois Enter a domain name and get information on its owner.
  • ARIN's Whois
  • Network Solutions' Whois
  • Better-Whois4 out of 5
  • DomainTools has a nice Whois service.
  • Network Tools4 out of 5 has tools like finger, ping, traceroute, etc. Also has details on IP addresses.
  • MXToolbox has a great set of tools including lookup tools including a reverse IP lookup to find out who owns an IP.
  • has Whois, reverse DNS lookups, IP tests, host name tests, email tests, URL deobfuscator, HTML validator, etc.
  • How DNS Works is a pretty thorough explanation of how the Domain Name Servers work. In comic form.
  • DNS Propogation Tools is an article with links to DNS tools.
  • SpeedTest5 stars checks your connection speed by writing to a cookie file and then reading it back. Intuitive site with a lot of options.
  • December Net Tools has a large collection of Internet tools including email clients, FTP clients, browsers, utilities, etc.
The following sites are especially useful for folks new to the Internet:

About Listservers
About Usenet and News Groups
  • Google Groups is a very good search engine to help you find specific news groups. You don't have to subscribe to the group. You just read the messages in your browser. Also, check out Google Groups - Beta - don't know what the difference is.
  • Usenet Info Center4 outta five is a great site for information about Usenet groups.
  • Public News Servers is a list of alternative news servers.
About Email
  • Web Email Clients is a very good description of what a Web based email client/program is and how it works.
  • Thunderbird is the best free email client (as of 2016).
  • Thunderbird Tutorials FreeEmailTutorials has some very good tutorials on setting up and using Thunderbird.
  • ProtonMail is a free email service that provides end to end encryption.
  • 10 Best Free Email Providers includes Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.
  • Best Free Email Providers (2019) is a Lifewire article covering 10 email providers including Gmail, ProtonMail, Tutanota, AOL Mail, etc.
  • Best Free Email Providers (2019) is a TopTenReviews article covering 10 free email providers.
  • Best Free Email Programs (2019) is a LifeWire article covering a handful of free email programs including Thunderbird.
  • Pegasus where you can get the shareware version of the Pegasus e-mail reader software.
  • Best Free Email Programs for Desktops (2018)
  • Abuse Net You send them your spam mail and they will trace it back to the sender and complain for you.
  • Spam Cop You send them your spam mail and they will trace it back to the sender and complain for you.
  • CAUCE - Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email tells you what spam is and what to do about it.
  • 50 Email Tips and Tricks
  • More Email Tips and Tricks from the HowToGeek.
  • Guerrilla Mail allows to create a fake email address that expires in a few days. Use it when sites require an email address but you don't want to give them yours.
  • MailDrop allows to create a fake email address that expires in a few days. Use it when sites require an email address but you don't want to give them yours.
  • Mailinator Make up any name and add as the email address, and then any email sent to that address is available on the Mailinator site to all who know the name. Not real secure but handy in a pinch.
  • How to Send Text Messages Using Email shows you how to send a text message to a phone using any email program.
  • 7 Free Disposable Temporary Email Address Providers
  • Uncovering Headers in Spam Mail is a heavy duty article about how to find the true source of spam by examining email headers.
  • How to Trace Emails Back to Their Source is a MakeUseOf article.
  • How to Read Email Headers and Spot Obfuscation is a pretty thorough explaination of email headers. The intent of the article is to point out how to protect yourself from email criminals. The process is so complicated that few would act on the info presented in the text.
  • Free Email Providers - other than Gmail and Yahoo, which are very good service providers.
  • Send is a free service that allows you to send large attachments that otherwise would be blocked by the usual email size limitations. You transfer the files and the site generates a link that you can send to 20 or less recipients who can use it to complete the download.
  • Easiest Ways to Share Files is a collection of Web services that help you share or transfer files.
  • Mail Tester - verifies if an email address actually is real. Useful when testing fake email addresses to use when sites request that you enter your email address and you don't want to.
  • Advice: Use when asked to enter your email address by a nosey Web Site.,, and are currently reserved domains for testing purposes. If you use them, you won't inadvertently send mail to a real address.

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