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Internet Simplified®

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The content boom on the Internet has been explosive in the past few years with more than a billion people surfing worldwide. Internet Simplified shows beginning level computer users how to get comfortable surfing the web and how to navigate the flood of information once they find what they're looking for. Users will find helpful information on the most talked about newcomers to the online world such as social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, blogging, and downloading media content from YouTube and iTunes, as well as an introduction to the old standbys such as email, auction sites, and instruction for safe surfing. Coverage on how to safeguard against viruses and SPAM and keep computers free from unwanted visitors is approached in a gentle, user-friendly manner so anyone can apply the techniques and be free from troublesome intrusions. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions guide readers through the intricacies of navigating the web in a friendly, approachable way. The updated design features a more sophisticated look and larger fonts and images to make this a perfect reference for all ages.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Praise for Visual Books
  3. Credits
  4. About the Author
  5. Author's Acknowledgments
  6. How to Use This Book
    1. Who Needs This Book
    2. Book Organization
    3. Chapter Organization
    4. What You Need to Use This Book
    5. Using the Mouse
      1. Click
      2. Double-click
      3. Right-click
      4. Click and Drag, and Release the Mouse
    6. The Conventions in This Book
      1. Bold
      2. Italics
      3. Numbered Steps
      4. Bulleted Steps
      5. Notes
      6. Operating System Difference
  7. 1. Learning Internet Basics
    1. 1.1. Introducing the Internet
    2. 1.2. Understanding Internet Services
    3. 1.3. Learn How the Internet Works
    4. 1.4. Discover What You Can Do on the Internet
  8. 2. Getting on the Internet
    1. 2.1. Choose an Internet Service Provider
    2. 2.2. Explore Internet Connections
    3. 2.3. Configure Your Router to Connect to the Internet
    4. 2.4. Start the Connect to the Internet Wizard
    5. 2.5. Set Up a Dialup Internet Connection
    6. 2.6. Set Up a Broadband Internet Connection
    7. 2.7. Set Up a Wireless Internet Connection
    8. 2.8. Connect to the Internet
    9. 2.9. Disconnect from the Internet
    10. 2.10. Make Your Internet Connection More Secure
  9. 3. Browsing the World Wide Web
    1. 3.1. Introducing the World Wide Web
    2. 3.2. Understanding Web Browsing Basics
    3. 3.3. Learn About Internet Explorer
    4. 3.4. Discover Firefox
    5. 3.5. Browse with Safari
    6. 3.6. Browse Multiple Web Sites Using Tabs
    7. 3.7. Fill In a Web Form
    8. 3.8. Save Your Favorite Sites
    9. 3.9. Download Files to Your Computer
    10. 3.10. Save Web Data to Your Computer
    11. 3.11. Understanding Web Error Messages
  10. 4. Surfing the Web Safely and Securely
    1. 4.1. Protect Yourself on the Web
    2. 4.2. Protect Your Children on the Web
    3. 4.3. Set the Web Security Level
    4. 4.4. Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
    5. 4.5. Guard Against Spyware
    6. 4.6. Guard Against Viruses
    7. 4.7. Delete Your Browsing History
    8. 4.8. Allow Some Web Site Pop-up Windows to Appear
    9. 4.9. Create a Strong Password
  11. 5. Searching for Information on the Web
    1. 5.1. Understanding Search Engines
    2. 5.2. Search from the Web Browser
    3. 5.3. Search Using Google
    4. 5.4. Refine Your Google Searches
    5. 5.5. Get More Out of Google Searching
    6. 5.6. Search for Information Using Wikipedia
    7. 5.7. Discover Other Search Engines
    8. 5.8. Search a Web Page
  12. 6. Getting Things Done on the Web
    1. 6.1. Read News on the Web
    2. 6.2. Research Using the Web
    3. 6.3. Socialize on the Web
    4. 6.4. Play Games Online
    5. 6.5. Bank and Invest on the Web
    6. 6.6. Book a Trip Using the Web
    7. 6.7. Find a Job on the Web
    8. 6.8. Explore Sites for Kids
    9. 6.9. Create Your Own Web Site
  13. 7. Working with Internet Media
    1. 7.1. Get Music over the Internet
    2. 7.2. Subscribe to a Podcast
    3. 7.3. Listen to Internet Radio
    4. 7.4. Share Photos on the Web
    5. 7.5. Access Streaming Media
    6. 7.6. Watch and Upload YouTube Videos
    7. 7.7. Get Directions with Google Maps
  14. 8. Social Networking
    1. 8.1. Understanding Social Networking
    2. 8.2. Discover Facebook
    3. 8.3. Take a Tour of MySpace
    4. 8.4. Enhance Business Contacts with LinkedIn
    5. 8.5. Explore Bebo
    6. 8.6. Discover Other Social Networking Sites
    7. 8.7. Learn About Social Networking Etiquette
  15. 9. Buying and Selling Online
    1. 9.1. Understanding Online Commerce
    2. 9.2. Using the Web for Comparison Shopping
    3. 9.3. Research Your Purchase Online
    4. 9.4. Make an Online Purchase
    5. 9.5. Shop Online Securely
    6. 9.6. Sell Your Goods and Services Online
  16. 10. Communicating via E-mail
    1. 10.1. Introducing E-mail
    2. 10.2. Discover E-mail Addresses
    3. 10.3. Compose and Send an E-mail Message
    4. 10.4. Attach a File to a Message
    5. 10.5. Receive E-mail Messages
    6. 10.6. Handle Message Attachments
    7. 10.7. Reply to a Message
    8. 10.8. Forward a Message to Another Person
    9. 10.9. Learn About E-mail Etiquette
    10. 10.10. Subscribe to a Mailing List
    11. 10.11. Learn About Mailing List Etiquette
  17. 11. Enhancing E-mail Security and Privacy
    1. 11.1. Understanding Junk E-mail Messages
    2. 11.2. Reduce Junk E-mail
    3. 11.3. Guard Against E-mail Viruses
    4. 11.4. Guard Against Phishing Attempts
    5. 11.5. Enhance E-mail Privacy
  18. 12. Communicating via Instant Messaging and Chat
    1. 12.1. Introducing Instant Messaging
    2. 12.2. Discover Instant Messaging Systems
    3. 12.3. Instant Messaging with Windows
    4. 12.4. Instant Messaging with the Mac
    5. 12.5. Add a Buddy
    6. 12.6. Carry On a Text Chat
    7. 12.7. Perform an Audio Chat
    8. 12.8. Communicate with a Video Chat
    9. 12.9. Converse in an Internet Chat Room
  19. 13. Creating and Reading Blogs
    1. 13.1. Understanding Blogs
    2. 13.2. Blog with Blogger
    3. 13.3. Set Up a TypePad Blog
    4. 13.4. Create a WordPress Blog
    5. 13.5. Microblog with Twitter
    6. 13.6. Discover Other Blog Hosts
    7. 13.7. Get the Most Out of Your Blog
    8. 13.8. Comment on a Blog Post
    9. 13.9. Subscribe to a Blog Feed