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The 52 best websites you've never heard of

The best, most practical websites, arranged by category

Big names such as Google, Facebook and MySpace dominate the internet. However, the web continues to flourish with a never-ending stream of incredibly useful new sites and services. Here are 52 phenomenally cool web services that you may not have heard of, but definitely need to try.

Find the right postcode

You know what town and county you're sending something to, but you don't have the right post code? Royal Mail's postcode finder is a must-use utility for getting packages to their destination.

Run remote PCs
Want to drive your home or office PC from any internet-connected computer you happen upon, or even from an iPhone?

LogMeIn remains king for free remote access.

An endless stream of online news
Tired of static online-news aggregators that force you into rigid content categories?

Topicfire lets you choose categories of interest and then fills the page with fresh content constantly, so you always see the latest news that matters to you.

Password manager
If you're using the same password for every online account, you're just asking for trouble.

The Passpack online password manager takes your brain out of the equation, generating secure passwords for you and storing them in the cloud.

When you get to a new computer, just head to Passpack.com, drag the login button to your browser, and enter your password.

Afterward, all of your online accounts will magically open for you as you surf.

Surf anonymously
When you want to access content that's blocked for your region, a proxy server comes in handy.

Proxify allows you to select a custom level of security and removes ads and cookies from sites you visit, letting you see what you want to see, without being seen.

Clock your connection
Are you certain you're getting the internet speeds you're paying for?

Find out with PC Advisor's speed check.

Just click 'Begin Test', and the performance calculator will evaluate your upload and download speeds to see exactly how your internet performance measures up.

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  2. Even more productivity enhancing websites
  3. Find the right postcode and more
  4. 13 terrific sites for managing media and sharing files
  5. Even more sites to manage media and share files
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  8. Even more web services for business and communication
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