For reading blogs, my favorite tool is Feedreader. This tool is freeware, simple to use, and can even function as a portable application. I like it because it has a simple layout. It shows my subscriptions in the left pane, available posts in the center pane, and a blog view in the right pane. Plus, you can click and go to the blog page. It also shows the number of new posts beside the blog name in the left pane. For me, it’s a must have tool. You can find out more and download it at http://www.feedreader.com/ .
If you’re a twitter user, this tool is a must. In fact, twitter seemed a bit useless until I started using TweetDeck. It also is a free tool to use. The power of this tool is its ability to organize contacts and conversations into columns. The tool can have as many columns as you want, but it bogs down if I have more than 8. But that might be my computer. I have columns for specific topics, plus I organized my contacts. The people I communicate with regularly are setup as a private list and placed in a dedicated column.
For security and password protection, this tool is an absolute must. It can generate strong passwords, safe notes for filling out forms, and webpage information. They are encrypted and stored. When you reach a site requiring a password, Roboform’s quick fill button shows up on the menu. One click, and you’re signed in. It even has a drop down for multiple usernames for a site. Another benefit is the sync feature. I have a work PC and a home PC. Roboform syncs both so my passwords are always up to date. I can also go online and fill in the forms when I’m at a different PC. No more lost passwords or worrying about keyloggers when using a public computer.
Okay, this really isn’t an internet tool, but I use it in conjunction with the internet on a regular basis. It provides a virtual notebook for organizing information. Think of a five subject notebook. Each tab holds indicates a separate subject. Under each tab are pages with notes and other information. This is OneNote. Create a tab for each subject, and new pages under each tab. For quick finds, the search tool is amazing. For information on the internet, a tab per subject keeps the topics in order.