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!
About Sandy Berger's Great Age Series
Guide to the Internet
How This Book Is Organized
1. Joining the Internet Community.
Can I Get to the Internet Without a Computer?
Other Email Capable Devices
Hi-tech Options for Accessing the Internet
Connecting Your Computer to the Internet Using a _Phone Line
Basic Dial-Up Connection
Hi-Speed Dial-Up Connection
Broadband: Cable Connections
Broadband: DSL Connections
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
2. ABCs of the Internet.
Web Browsers: Your Window to the Internet
Web Pages and Websites
What's a Home Page?
What's a Session?
Printing Web Pages
Navigating the Internet
Navigating with Hyperlinks
Navigating Within a Web Page
3. The Language of the Internet.
Understanding Internet Addresses
Acronyms and Emoticons
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?
Downloading and Working with Files from the Internet
Download Files from the Internet
Saving Web Pages to your Computer
Shopping Online Safely
5. Web Advertising and Pop-ups.
The All Powerful Mouse Click
Types of Online Ads
Click for Cash
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
Other Devious Plots
6. Email Essentials.
Choosing an Email Program
Mail on the Mac
Sending and Receiving Email
Basic Email Etiquette
Addressing Email Messages
Adding a Subject and Message
Replying to Email
Understanding Basic Email Management
Organizing Your Email
Garbled Text and Unknown File Types
Email Hoaxes, Jokes, and Chain Letters
7. Dealing with Spam.
Spam Morphs Itself
How Spam Affects Us and How to Stop It
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
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
Contact (Buddy) Lists
Video Instant Messaging
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
10. Security in Cyberspace.
Understanding Computer Viruses
Detecting and Preventing Viruses
Updating Antivirus Software
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
Dealing with Spyware
How Spyware Invades Our Computers
Removing Spyware from Your Computer
Securing Wireless Connections
Avoiding Identity Theft
Be Informed and Protect Your Information