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My Internet for Seniors

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The perfect book to help anyone 50+ get the most out of the Internet--safely and securely!

My Internet for Seniors helps you quickly and easily get online and start using everything the Internet has to offer. With step-by-step tasks, large text, close-up screen shots, and a custom full-color interior designed for comfortable reading, you’ll quickly be getting the most out of your online experience.

Top-selling author Michael Miller wrote this book from his 50+ perspective, and it covers everything you need to connect your computer, tablet, or smartphone to the Internet and start accessing websites, email, social networks, and more.

  • Choose the right type of Internet service for your home

  • Connect to the Internet--at home or away

  • Choose and use the right web browser for your needs

  • Browse and search the Web

  • Shop safely online

  • Use Facebook and other social media

  • Find old friends and make new ones online

  • Find news, sports, and weather online

  • Enjoy TV shows, movies, and music online

  • Get productive with online office apps

  • Share your photos online

  • Research your family tree online

  • Manage your finances and track your health

  • Play online games

  • Email friends and family

  • Video chat in real time

  • Explore the mobile Internet with your tablet or smartphone

  • Stay safe and secure while online

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This E-Book
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. About AARP and AARP TEK
    8. Dedication
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. We Want to Hear from You!
    11. Reader Services
    12. 1. Choosing an Internet Service Provider for Your Home
      1. What the Internet Is—And How It Works
        1. Understanding Internet Service Providers
        2. Connecting to Your ISP
      2. Examining Different Types of Internet Connections
        1. DSL
        2. Cable
        3. Fiber Optic
        4. Satellite
        5. Dial-Up
        6. Comparing Different Types of Connections
      3. Installing Internet Service
        1. Install with a Modem and Wireless Router
        2. Install with an Internet Gateway
    13. 2. Connecting to the Internet—At Home or Away
      1. Connecting to a Home Network
        1. Connect with a Windows 10 Computer
        2. Connect with a Windows 8/8.1 Computer
        3. Connect with a Windows 7 Computer
        4. Connect with a Mac Computer
        5. Connect with an Apple iPhone or iPad
        6. Connect with an Android Smartphone or Tablet
      2. Connecting to a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot
        1. Connect with a Windows 10 Computer
        2. Connect with a Windows 8/8.1 Computer
        3. Connect with a Windows 7 Computer
        4. Connect with a Mac Computer
        5. Connect with an Apple iPhone or iPad
        6. Connect with an Android Smartphone or Tablet
    14. 3. Choosing and Using a Web Browser
      1. Comparing Web Browsers
      2. Using Microsoft Edge for Windows 10
        1. Go to a New Web Page
        2. Work with Tabs
        3. Save Favorite Pages
        4. Return to a Favorite Page
        5. Browse in Private
        6. Browse in Reading View
        7. Configure Browser Settings
      3. Using Internet Explorer
        1. Go to a New Web Page
        2. Work with Tabs
        3. Save Favorite Pages
        4. Return to a Favorite Page
        5. Browse in Private
        6. Configure Browser Settings
      4. Using Google Chrome
        1. Open and Browse Web Pages
        2. Work with Tabs
        3. Bookmark Favorite Pages
        4. Return to a Bookmarked Page
        5. Browse Anonymously in Incognito Mode
        6. Configure Browser Settings
      5. Using Mozilla Firefox
        1. Open and Browse Web Pages
        2. Work with Tabs
        3. Bookmark Favorite Pages
        4. Return to a Bookmarked Page
        5. Browse Anonymously in Private Mode
        6. Configure Browser Settings
      6. Using Apple Safari
        1. Open and Browse Web Pages
        2. Work with Tabs
        3. Bookmark Favorite Pages
        4. Return to a Bookmarked Page
        5. Browse Anonymously in Private Mode
        6. Configure Browser Settings
    15. 4. Browsing and Searching the Web
      1. How the Web Works
      2. Browsing the Web
        1. Enter a Web Address
        2. Follow a Link
      3. Searching the Web
        1. How Search Engines Work
        2. How Web Searches Work
        3. Constructing an Effective Query
      4. Searching with Google
        1. Conduct a Basic Search
        2. Fine-Tune Your Search Results
        3. Search for Images
      5. Searching with Bing
        1. Conduct a Basic Search
        2. Fine-Tune Your Search
        3. Search for Images
      6. Researching Online with Wikipedia
        1. Search Wikipedia
        2. Read an Article
    16. 5. Shopping Safely Online
      1. Making a Purchase Online
        1. Discover Online Retailers
        2. Search or Browse for Merchandise
        3. Examine the Product
        4. Make a Purchase
        5. Check Out and Pay
      2. How to Shop Safely Online
        1. Shop Safely
      3. Buying and Selling on eBay
        1. Bid in an eBay Auction
        2. Buy a Fixed Price Item
        3. Sell an Item
      4. Buying and Selling on Craigslist
        1. Buy an Item on Craigslist
        2. Sell an Item on Craigslist
    17. 6. Using Facebook and Other Social Media
      1. Using Facebook
        1. Discover Friends on Facebook
        2. Post a Status Update
        3. Find Out What Your Friends Are Up To
        4. Explore Your Friends’ Timelines
      2. Using LinkedIn
        1. Edit Your Profile
        2. Find New Connections
        3. Receive and Reply to Private Messages
        4. Compose a New Message
        5. Post a Status Update
      3. Using Pinterest
        1. Create New Pinboards
        2. Find and Repin Interesting Items
        3. Pin an Item from a Web Page
        4. Find People to Follow
      4. Using Twitter
        1. Find Tweeters to Follow
        2. View Tweets
        3. Post a Tweet
    18. 7. Finding Old Friends—And Making New Ones
      1. Discovering Old Friends on Social Media
        1. Find Friends on Facebook
        2. Find Colleagues on LinkedIn
      2. Searching for Friends on Google and Bing
      3. Finding Friends on People Finder Sites
        1. AnyWho
        2. PeekYou
        3. Spokeo
        4. That’sThem
        5. White Pages
        6. Zabasearch
      4. Making New Friends on Online Dating Sites
        1. eHarmony Senior Dating
        2. Match.com
        3. OKCupid
        4. OurTime
        5. SeniorPeopleMeet
    19. 8. Finding News, Sports, and Weather Online
      1. Reading the News Online
        1. National and International News
        2. Local News
      2. Keeping Up with Your Favorite Sports Online
        1. Sports Portals
        2. Major League Sports Sites
      3. Getting Weather Forecasts Online
        1. Weather Portals
    20. 9. Watching Movies, TV Shows, and Videos Online
      1. Watching Movies and TV on Netflix
        1. Watch a Program on Netflix
      2. Watching TV Shows on Hulu
        1. Watch TV Programs on Hulu
      3. Viewing and Sharing Videos on YouTube
        1. View a Video
        2. Upload Your Own Video
    21. 10. Listening to Music Online
      1. Listening to Streaming Music Services
        1. Listen to Pandora
        2. Listen to Spotify
      2. Listening to Local Radio Stations Online
        1. Listen to iHeartRadio
        2. Listen to TuneIn
    22. 11. Getting Productive Online
      1. Using Microsoft Office Online
        1. Create or Open a File
        2. Use Word Online for Word Processing
        3. Use Excel Online for Spreadsheets
        4. Use PowerPoint Online for Presentations
      2. Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
        1. Create or Open a File
        2. Use Google Docs for Word Processing
        3. Use Google Sheets for Spreadsheets
        4. Use Google Slides for Presentations
      3. Storing Your Files Online
        1. Use Google Drive
        2. Use Microsoft OneDrive
    23. 12. Sharing Your Photos Online
      1. Sharing Photos with Google Photos
        1. Upload Photos from Your PC
        2. View Photos
        3. Share Photos with Others
        4. Download Photos to Your PC
        5. Use the Google Photos Mobile App
      2. Sharing Photos on Flickr
        1. Upload Photos from Your PC
        2. View Photos
        3. Download Photos to Your PC
        4. Share Photos with Others
      3. Sharing Photos on Shutterfly
        1. Upload Photos from Your PC
        2. View Your Photos
        3. Share Photos with Others
        4. Print Photos
    24. 13. Exploring Your Genealogy Online
      1. Using Ancestry.com
        1. Start Your Family Tree
        2. View Your Family Tree
      2. Using FamilySearch
        1. Create a Family Tree
        2. Search for Additional Information
    25. 14. Managing Your Finances Online
      1. Banking Online
        1. Do Online Banking
        2. Pay Your Bills Online
      2. Tracking Your Investments
        1. View Financial Information Online
    26. 15. Tracking Your Health Online
      1. Finding Medical Information Online
        1. Search Online Health Sites
      2. Searching for Physicians Online
        1. Find a Doctor
      3. Ordering Prescription Drugs Online
        1. Shop Online Pharmacies
    27. 16. Playing Games Online
      1. Exploring Different Types of Games
        1. Arcade Games
        2. Board Games
        3. Brain Training Games
        4. Card Games
        5. Casino Games
        6. Puzzle and Matching Games
        7. Simulation Games
        8. Sports Games
        9. Trivia Games
        10. Word Games
      2. Finding Online Games
        1. Discover Multigame Websites
        2. Find Other Games Online
    28. 17. Emailing Friends and Family
      1. Understanding How Email Works
        1. Email Addresses
        2. POP/IMAP Email
        3. Web-Based Email
      2. Emailing with Gmail
        1. Receive and Reply to Messages
        2. Send a New Message
        3. Send a File as an Attachment
      3. Emailing with Yahoo! Mail
        1. Receive and Reply to Messages
        2. Send a New Message
        3. Send a File as an Attachment
    29. 18. Video Chatting with Friends and Family
      1. Video Calling with Skype
        1. Add a Contact
        2. Make a Video Call
        3. Make a Voice Call
      2. Video Calling with Google Hangouts
        1. Start a Video Hangout
        2. Make a Voice Call
    30. 19. Exploring the Mobile Internet with Your Smartphone or Tablet
      1. Connecting and Browsing on an iPhone or iPad
        1. Connect to a Wi-Fi Network
        2. Browse the Web with Safari
      2. Connecting and Browsing on an Android Phone or Tablet
        1. Connect to a Wi-Fi Network
        2. Browse the Web with Chrome
      3. Discovering Essential Mobile Apps
        1. Email Apps
        2. Social Media Apps
        3. Video Chat Apps
        4. Streaming Video Apps
        5. Streaming Music Apps
        6. Shopping Apps
        7. Other Useful Apps
    31. 20. Staying Safe Online
      1. Protecting Against Identity Theft and Phishing Scams
        1. Avoid Phishing Scams
        2. Keep Your Private Information Private
        3. Hide Personal Information on Facebook
        4. Make Your Facebook Posts Private
      2. Protecting Against Online Fraud
        1. Identify Online Scams
        2. Avoid Online Fraud
        3. Avoid Offline Fraud
      3. Protecting Against Computer Viruses and Other Malware
        1. Identify a Malware Infection
        2. Protect Against Malware Infection
        3. Use Anti-Malware Software
      4. Protecting Against Online Attacks and Intrusions
        1. Employ a Firewall
    32. Glossary
    33. Index