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Stop missing out! It's time to discover all the Internet has to offer — let's get started!
The Internet is an essential part of life for millions. Are you ready to join them? Let this book be your guide — it's been giving new Internet users confidence for 18 years! You'll learn how to get online and find things on the web, download music and movies, shop, exchange e-mail, bank and pay bills, join Facebook and Twitter, and much more.
Meet the Internet — see what it is, interpret the lingo, and learn all about security and privacy issues
Climb aboard — move step by step through picking an Internet provider and getting your computer online
Ready, set, browse — use your browser to find your way around the web
Communicate — exchange e-mail and instant messages, use Internet-based video conferencing, and chat
Make friends — get started with Facebook and Twitter and know how to safeguard your information
Entertain yourself — enjoy videos and music, shop for anything you want, pay your bills, and manage your investments — all online
Watch out — sidestep online hazards such as spam, spyware, and viruses
Publish — start a blog to share your views, or post photos and videos online
Open the book and find:
What parents should know to keep kids safe
Where to find online games
Why you should consider using Firefox or Chrome
How to set up a home network
Cool things you can find and do online
Secrets for filtering spam outof your e-mail
Advice on using Facebook privacy options
Pick the web browser that works best for you
Set up e-mail and find anything with a web search
Take advantage of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
Stream media on your PC or mobile device
The latest update to a perennial bestseller gets you up and running on the Internet!
Now in its lucky thirteenth edition, this peerless book has outsold and outlasted all the competition. Veteran authors John Levine and Margaret Young return with an updated road map to both the online tools and resources that have defined the Internet for years, as well as all the new things that keep Internet users interested. You'll not only find a lot of the basics presented in a straightforward and friendly style, you'll also get the latest on social networking, security, and much more.
The authors begin with an overview of all things Internet-related and branch into vital topics such as keeping personal information secure and protecting your kids online. You'll gain valuable insight to web browsers, search options, online shopping, and personal finance tools. Before you know it, you'll know how to use Internet tools to find, stream, download, or share music, video, and photos. Helpful advice on staying in touch walks you through setting up and using online e-mail, chat, and social networking sites.
- Introduces you to what's online, how to deal with annoyances like spam and spyware, and how to control what your kids see and do online
- Walks you through picking a provider, getting hooked up to the Internet, and sharing a connection in your home or with other devices
- Gives you a guided a tour through popular web browsers, getting good search results; finding music and video; shopping; banking; and sharing files
- Also covers e-mail, connecting with friends, online chats, and more
- Helps you find the hot social networking sites and see how to handle photo and video sharing
Get going and get online with this easy-to-understand, helpful guide!
About the Author
John R. Levine
is a recognized technology expert. He is employed as a consumer advocate battling online fraud and e-mail spam.
Margaret Levine Young is a software engineer and a longtime tech author. She has tackled topics ranging from Access and the Internet to Windows and beyond.
Table of Contents
Part I: Welcome to the Internet 7
Chapter 1: What’s So Great about the Internet? 9
Chapter 2: Is the Internet Safe? Viruses, Spyware, Spam, and Other Yucky Stuff 17
Chapter 3: Kids and the Net 37
Part II: Internet, Here I Come! 49
Chapter 4: Assembling Your Gear and Climbing on the Net 51
Chapter 5: Connecting with Wi-Fi, Laptops, and Smartphones 73
Chapter 6: Welcome to the Wild, Wonderful, Wacky Web 91
Chapter 7: Taking Your Browser for a Spin 109
Part III: Hanging Out with Friends Online 135
Chapter 8: It's in the Mail: Sending and Receiving E-Mail 137
Chapter 9: Putting Your Mail in Its Place 163
Chapter 10: Getting Social with Facebook and Google+ 183
Chapter 11: Tweeting about Your Life 197
Chapter 12: Typing and Talking on the Net 207
Part IV: The Web Is Full of Cool Stuff 233
Chapter 13: Needles and Haystacks: Finding Almost Anything on the Net 235
Chapter 14: Music and Video on the Web 257
Chapter 15: More Shopping, Less Dropping 273
Chapter 16: Banking, Bill Paying, and Investing Online 291
Part V: Putting Your Own Stuff on the Net 305
Chapter 17: Making a Splash Online 307
Chapter 18: Blogging: The World Reads Your Diary 319
Part VI: The Part of Tens 327
Chapter 19: Ten Problems and Ten Solutions 329
Chapter 20: Ten Fun Things to Do Online 339
Chapter 21: Ten Worthwhile Things to Do Online 347