The Internet at Your Fingertips [NOOK Book]

Overview

A cyber-master's tips at one's fingertips...



With this highly organized, tightly written, detail-rich reference to the Internet, beginning and intermediate users who need information fast will soon be fully exploring the online world ...

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Overview

A cyber-master's tips at one's fingertips...



With this highly organized, tightly written, detail-rich reference to the Internet, beginning and intermediate users who need information fast will soon be fully exploring the online world of banking and bill paying, games, social networking, blogging, shopping, news, entertainment, and more. It includes everything from safeguarding one's computer to cookies to downloading.



*The Internet continues to grow in almost every aspect of online activity



*Part of the book's audience: older and more recent users looking to "learn the Internet"



*The only book available about the Internet in an easy-to-navigate quick reference format

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101139905
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Miller is the author of several books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Drums, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Singing, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition. He has been using Cubase for a number of years. He used Cubase SX to record the audio CD included with the second edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Drums.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Connecting to the Internet 1

1.1 How the Internet Works 2

1.2 Broadband vs. Dial-Up 7

1.3 Choosing an Internet Service Provider 10

1.4 Connecting to the Internet 12

1.5 Creating Usernames and Passwords 15

1.6 Sharing a Connection on a Home Network 17

1.7 Connecting to a Public WiFi Hotspot 20

Chapter 2 Surfing the Web 23

2.1 Choosing a Web Browser 24

2.2 Using Internet Explorer 29

2.3 Browsing Web Pages 32

2.4 Bookmarking Favorite Pages 33

2.5 Saving a Web Page 34

2.6 Revisiting Your Browsing History 35

2.7 Blocking Pop-Up Windows and Phishing Sites 36

2.8 Private Browsing 38

2.9 Using Browser Add-Ons 41

Chapter 3 Protecting Yourself-and Your Family-Online 45

3.1 Protecting Against Computer Attack 46

3.2 Protecting Against Computer Viruses 51

3.3 Protecting Against Spyware 57

3.4 Protecting Against Identity Theft 62

3.5 Protecting Against Phishing Scams 67

3.6 Safe Surfing for Children 70

Chapter 4 Searching the Web 75

4.1 How Search Engines and Directories Work 76

4.2 Constructing an Effective Query 78

4.3 Examining the Top Search Sites 80

4.4 Searching with Google 83

4.5 Researching with Wikipedia 90

4.6 Finding News and Other Information Online 94

Chapter 5 Working With Programs and Files 99

5.1 Searching for Files and Programs Online 100

5.2 Downloading Files 103

5.3 Using Online Backup and Storage 106

Chapter 6 Shopping and Banking Online 111

6.1 Making an Online Purchase 112

6.2 Comparison Shopping 116

6.3 Shopping Safely 119

6.4 Bidding and Buying on eBay 121

6.5 Using PayPal 127

6.6 Selling Items on eBay 131

6.7 Using craigslist 135

6.8 Banking Online 139

Chapter 7 Music, Pictures,and Videos 141

7.1 Finding Music Online 142

7.2 Downloading Music from the iTunes Store 148

7.3 Listening to Internet Radio 151

7.4 Searching for Images Online 153

7.5 Sharing Digital Photos Online 156

7.6 Watching Videos on YouTube 159

7.7 Uploading YouTube Videos 162

7.8 Watching TV Shows and Movies Online 165

Chapter 8 Maps and Directions 167

8.1 Understanding Online Mapping 168

8.2 Mapping a Location with Google Maps 169

8.3 Generating Driving Directions 175

8.4 Using Google Earth 177

Chapter 9 Using Web-Based Applications 185

9.1 Using Google Calendar 186

9.2 Understanding the Google Docs Suite 192

9.3 Using Google Docs for Word Processing 200

9.4 Using Google Spreadsheets 204

9.5 Using Google Presentations 213

9.6 Other Web-Based Applications 219

Chapter 10 Blogs and Podcasts 225

10.1 Understanding Blogs 226

10.2 Searching for Blogs 228

10.3 Subscribing to Blog Content 230

10.4 Creating Your Own Blog 232

10.5 Micro-Blogging with Twitter 238

10.6 Understanding Podcasts 241

10.7 Listening to Podcasts 242

10.8 Creating Your Own Podcast 244

Chapter 11 Social Networking 247

11.1 Understanding Social Networking 248

11.2 Social Networking-Safely and Sanely 251

11.3 Using MySpace 253

11.4 Using Facebook 257

11.5 Using Usenet Newsgroups 260

11.6 Using Web Groups 263

Chapter 12 E-mail 267

12.1 How E-mail Works 268

12.2 Choosing an E-mail Program 271

12.3 Setting Up a POP E-mail Account 273

12.4 Using Windows Live Mail 274

12.5 Understanding Web E-mail 277

12.6 Using Gmail 279

12.7 Working With File Attachments 282

12.8 Reducing Spam 285

Chapter 13 Other Online Communications 291

13.1 Chatting and Messaging Online 292

13.2 Instant Messaging 295

13.3 Chat Rooms 300

13.4 Webcams 304

13.5 Online Phone Service 308

Chapter 14 Playing Online Games 313

14.1 Finding and Playing Games Online 314

14.2 Second Life and Other Virtual Worlds 317

14.3 Sites for Gamers 321

Chapter 15 Creating Your Own Website 323

15.1 Creating a Simple Web Page 324

15.2 Basic HTML Editing 330

15.3 Registering a Domain Name 342

15.4 Website and Domain Hosting 346

15.5 Search Engine Optimization 350

Appendix Words to Go Glossary 357

Index 369

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