Great Age Guide to the Internet

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Author Sandy Berger is the host of the AARP Webplace Computers and Technology website, and is the perfect host to guide you through the Internet. Sandy's easy-reading style and bite-sized chunks of information are just a few of the reasons why thousands of people who did not grow up with computers go to Sandy for her sound advice and easy to follow instruction. Sandy will explain the basics of the Internet, from creating and sending e-mail to designing a web page. Sandy will discuss which Internet Service Provider to choose based on your lifestyle and then explain what firewalls are, how to protect yourself from spam and identity theft, and how to prevent viruses from attacking your computer. There is much to learn and keep up-to-date with when it comes to technology. Let Sandy help guide your way with the Great Age Guide to the Internet!
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 177.8 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0789734427
  • 9780789734426

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Author Sandy Berger is the host of the AARP Webplace Computers and Technology website, and is the perfect host to guide you through the Internet. Sandy's easy-reading style and bite-sized chunks of information are just a few of the reasons why thousands of people who did not grow up with computers go to Sandy for her sound advice and easy to follow instruction. Sandy will explain the basics of the Internet, from creating and sending e-mail to designing a web page. Sandy will discuss which Internet Service Provider to choose based on your lifestyle and then explain what firewalls are, how to protect yourself from spam and identity theft, and how to prevent viruses from attacking your computer. There is much to learn and keep up-to-date with when it comes to technology. Let Sandy help guide your way with the "Great Age Guide to the Internet"!
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Table of contents

Introduction.

About Sandy Berger's Great Age Series

Guide to the Internet

What's Inside

How This Book Is Organized

1. Joining the Internet Community.

Can I Get to the Internet Without a Computer?

MSN TV

Other Email Capable Devices

Hi-tech Options for Accessing the Internet

The BlackBerry

Connecting Your Computer to the Internet Using a _Phone Line

Basic Dial-Up Connection

Hi-Speed Dial-Up Connection

Broadband Connections

Broadband: Cable Connections

Broadband: DSL Connections

Broadband: Satellite

Broadband: Other Types of Connections

Choosing an Internet Service Provider

Local Versus National ISP

Check the Yellow Pages

What Do You Get?

Connecting to the Internet While on the Road

Sandy's Summary

2. ABCs of the Internet.

Web Browsers: Your Window to the Internet

Internet Basics

Web Pages and Websites

What's a Home Page?

What's a Session?

Browser Basics

Title Bar

Menu Bar

Other Toolbars

Address Bar

Customizing Toolbars

Printing Web Pages

Printer-Friendly Feature

Print Preview

Navigating the Internet

Navigating with Hyperlinks

Navigating Within a Web Page

Sandy's Summary

3. The Language of the Internet.

Understanding Internet Addresses

Email Addresses

Acronyms and Emoticons

Saying Goodbye

Sandy's Summary

4. Exciting Things to Do on the Internet.

Finding Information with a Search Engine

Search Engine Choices

Using a Search Engine

Popular Search Engines

Why Are Search Results Different?

Which Search Engine Is for You?

Intelligent Searching

Downloading and Working with Files from the Internet

Download Files from the Internet

Saving Web Pages to your Computer

Overcoming Roadblocks

Online Shopping

Comparison Shopping

Shopping Online Safely

Sandy's Summary

5. Web Advertising and Pop-ups.

The All Powerful Mouse Click

Types of Online Ads

Banner Ads

Targeted Ads

Click for Cash

Pop-up Ads

Video Ads

Using Your Browser's Pop-Up Ad Blocker

Other Pop-Up Blockers

Disabling Pop-Up Blockers

Should Web Content Be Free?

Ad-free Websites for a Fee

Tip Boxes

Underhanded Advertising

Online Hijacking

Web Bugs

Other Devious Plots

Sandy's Summary

6. Email Essentials.

Choosing an Email Program

Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook

Eudora

Mail on the Mac

Web Mail

Sending and Receiving Email

Basic Email Etiquette

Addressing Email Messages

Adding a Subject and Message

Replying to Email

Forwarding Email

Understanding Basic Email Management

Inbox/Outbox

Organizing Your Email

Deleting Email

Customizing Email

Email Attachments

Photos

Garbled Text and Unknown File Types

Email Hoaxes, Jokes, and Chain Letters

Chain Letters

Virus Hoaxes

Identifying Hoaxes

Avoiding Hoaxes

Jokes

Sandy's Summary

7. Dealing with Spam.

Recognizing Spam

Spam Morphs Itself

How Spam Affects Us and How to Stop It

Zombie Computers

Anti-spam Rules

Don't Click on Spam

Keep Your Email Address Private

Avoid Email Lists

Be a Tattletale

Spam Control Programs

Using Anti-Spam Tools in Email Software

Spam Blocking Software

Change Your Email Address

Using Sender Verification

Filtering out More Than Spam

The Spam Solution

Sandy's Summary

8. Chat Rooms, Message Boards, and Instant _Messaging.

Chatting on the Web

How to Find a Chat Room

Joining a Chat

Using Message Boards

Navigating the Boards

Finding Message Boards

Internet Groups

Instant Messaging

Contact (Buddy) Lists

Video Instant Messaging

Sandy's Summary

9. Putting Your Stuff on the Web.

Web Creation Software

Full-featured Web Development Software

Basic Web Page Creation Software

Learning HTML Basics

Doing It the Easy Way

Putting Your Page on the Internet

Sharing Family Photos

Content for Your Site

Keep the File Size Small

Sandy's Summary

10. Security in Cyberspace.

Understanding Computer Viruses

Detecting and Preventing Viruses

Updating Antivirus Software

Removing Viruses

Develop Healthy Computer Habits

Viruses Worsen Over Time

Bugs, Patches, and Updates

Updating Your Operating System Is a Must

Performing System Updates

Know Your Cookies

What Information Can a Cookie Extract?

Choosing Passwords and Biometric Identification

Common Password Mistakes

Tips for Choosing a Safe Password

Biometric Identification

Dealing with Spyware

How Spyware Invades Our Computers

Removing Spyware from Your Computer

Understanding Firewalls

Securing Wireless Connections

Avoiding Identity Theft

Phishing Scams

Be Informed and Protect Your Information

Sandy's Summary

Index.
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About Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger is seen and heard everywhere these days: in her Compu-KISS newsletter, on her radio program, in her newspaper column, in her three books, and on the Internet and by fans from around the globe. And although she is the host of the Computers and Technology section of the AARP web site, a far broader age group seeks her opinions. It's the universal appeal that put Sandy in Parade Magazine and on the Today Show. Dubbed "the Martha Stewart of e-learning," Sandy is knowledgeable, likable, and has a way with people. The New York Times placed her in the top five most influential people in e-learning.
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