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Internet Annoyances

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What began as an intrepid U.S. Government initiative in the early 1970's has turned into a global way of life. Indeed, with more than 500 million current users (and counting), the Internet has revolutionized the way societies function the world over. From dating and shopping online, to conducting informational research, to communicating via email, today seemingly everyone uses the Internet for one purpose or another. How, then, can something so vast and powerful be defiled by something as trivial as spam? It's ...

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Overview

What began as an intrepid U.S. Government initiative in the early 1970's has turned into a global way of life. Indeed, with more than 500 million current users (and counting), the Internet has revolutionized the way societies function the world over. From dating and shopping online, to conducting informational research, to communicating via email, today seemingly everyone uses the Internet for one purpose or another. How, then, can something so vast and powerful be defiled by something as trivial as spam? It's true. The fact remains that despite the leading-edge technological sophistication fueling the Net, there are still many related annoyances that complicate and tarnish the Internet experience. And it doesn't matter if you're a homemaker in search of a fresh chicken recipe, or a civil engineer researching plans for a new skyscraper, the problems are the same.Internet Annoyances understands the universal nature of the Internet and strives to make its use as stress-free as possible. This insightful guide shows you how to overcome the most annoying Internet-related quirks, bugs, and hassles. You'll learn how to make a seamless connection, thwart would-be hackers, ensure greater security while surfing, eliminate pop-up ads, maximize online services, conduct more effective Google searches, better utilize digital media (music and video), and much more.In addition, Internet Annoyances discusses how to design and host a personal web site something once thought of as only possible for the technically gifted. Topics like blogs, domain names, setup, HTML, fonts, and graphics and are all dissected and analyzed for easy consumption.Unlike other books on the subject, Internet Annoyances assumes readers already possess a working knowledge of the Internet. By fully recognizing the experience level of today's Internet culture, author Preston Galla is able to cut immediately to the chase and not waste time on the more obvious points. Internet Annoyances, therefore, is a quick read that presents succinct solutions for the many glitches that still populate the Internet experience.

This insightful guide explains how to overcome the Internet's most annoying quirks, bugs, and hassles. Readers will learn how to thwart hackers, ensure greater security, eliminate pop-ups, maximize online services, conduct effective searches, and much more.

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What drives you nuts about the Internet? Spam? Pop-ups? Dialog boxes that prattle endlessly about Runtime Errors? Chirpy AOL “You’ve Got Mail” messages? Useless instant messaging “news” about Jennifer Aniston’s hairdo? Phishing emails? Internet Annoyances offers solutions for fixing or avoiding literally hundreds of the Internet’s major and minor aggravations.

Here are remedies for: sudden, inexplicable slowdowns in your cable modem service...annoying web site logins...bad links on your own personal site...sending IM from AIM to ICQ, or vice versa...getting Internet Explorer to default to your favorite search engine, not Microsoft’s. Here are solutions for everything from backing up old email to avoiding e-commerce restocking fees. Here, in short, is a book that’ll make using the Internet a lot less frustrating. Bill Camarda, from the April 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007355
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 20 books about computers and the Internet, including Windows XP Hacks and Windows XP Power Hound (both from O'Reilly). He's been writing about technology since the dawn of the PC, was a founding editor of both PC Week and PC/Computing, an executive editor at CNET/ZDNet, and contributor to dozens of publications, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Email and Spam Annoyances

Chapter 2: Making the Connection Annoyances

Chapter 3: Wireless Annoyances

Chapter 4: Web Hosting, Design, and Blog Annoyances

Chapter 5: Browser Annoyances

Chapter 6: AOL Annoyances

Chapter 7: Im Annoyances

Chapter 8: Searching Annoyances

Chapter 9: Security Annoyances

Chapter 10: Shopping and Auction Annoyances

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    some annoyances are dangerous

    For most of us, a huge value of our computers is being able to hook to the Internet. This once science fictional dream has now become an everyday reality. Alas, as this book mentions, such a reality also includes many annoying problems. One way to read this book is to divide those annoyances into two groups. The first group is the little things, like tweaking the various Microsoft Office products. The second group of annoyances can be more troublesome. Like viruses/worms and spam. Malware. Consider spam. The universal scourge. The book has a good, quick discussion of the main antispam techniques, like Bayesians or hashing. Plus advice that is a little cynical, but realistic. Like how the Can Spam act has largely proved useless. Or how you should not use naughty words in your outgoing email, to minimise chances of it being tagged as spam by your recipient's email provider. Hotspots are also discussed heavily, due to their popularity and often insecure mode of operation. There is a great danger of someone running a packet sniffer. So often, your key communications should use https, if you are engaged in sensitive matters, like using your credit card. But the book does not go into how a phisher could launch a deadlier man in the middle attack. Where she replaces the hot spot device with her own, or subverts the device's software. Then, she runs a pocket universe, where she might have copied the websites of various banks, and she directs http queries to those banks to her fake websites [pharms]. This method totally negates https. Granted, it is technically quite hard to do and so is still somewhat uncommon. But the book should warn of it, if you want to stay ahead of the curve.

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