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Before registering for any web tools, I strongly suggest you read my guidelines.
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This is a very handy and simple poster creation tool that includes some pretty sophisticated tools.
This may be the largest selection of clip art on the web - and it's free.

Are you at a temporary loss for paper? Click here for PDF file that includes a sheet of lined paper and a sheet of graph paper.


Here are some good, simple guidelines to help you determine web site safety.


I believe any tool I link to this site is safe for your computer and you. However, I can't absolutely guarantee any site I don't manage directly. Accordingly, I have created this simple list. I think you should use these guidelines when you register from pretty much any site.

  1. Use a non-personal email address to register. Your school email address should be fine because the district has some excellent protections against viruses and hacks. Sometimes it's handy to create and use a junk email address you pretty much never use. If you do receive any ads or weird emails, who cares, you never have to read them anyway. The same goes for a junk email password. Experienced web users often create a very simple password they only use for their non-secure communications.
  2. Do not ever give out personal information to register for a site. A school or junk email address and a common password should be fine. Beyond that, don't go there.
  3. If you open a web tools site and it says you need to install a piece of special software to use it, drop it instantly. The same thing goes for 'updating your Java or Flash'. Just don't do it.These are places hackers love to park malware and spyware. There's probably another clean site out there that does whatever they are claiming to do.
  4. One of the best ways to avoid any of these problems is to use widely available sites that have simple web addresses.
  5. For a pretty complete list of how to check for phony web sites, check out this wikihow.
  6. Never give out any financial information or agree to purchase any product related to a web tools site.
  7. Look for the lock icon in your browser address bar to see if the site is verified. This is an excellent check and it's very obvious.

Lock icon in a web browser