Kiss Guide to the Internet


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Enter a universe of boundless information with DK's KISS Guide to the Internet. Get simple answers to all you questions about the web. Plus, you'll learn how to use the web wisely as a financial tool and a shopping mall. Discover a family-friendly Internet that you can share with your children. By following the clear advice and simple descriptive icons, ...
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The Keep It Simple Series — the greatest guides ever!

Enter a universe of boundless information with DK's KISS Guide to the Internet. Get simple answers to all you questions about the web. Plus, you'll learn how to use the web wisely as a financial tool and a shopping mall. Discover a family-friendly Internet that you can share with your children. By following the clear advice and simple descriptive icons, you will learn and explore at your own pace.
The Keep It Simple Series is the new standard in how-to books! Written by leading experts, each book includes full-color photographs and illustrations throughout, making these the first and only truly accessible guides for beginners. The KISS format is designed to help readers build confidence from the start, and learn gradually and thoroughly to the very last page. Much more than introductions to various subjects, these inspiring and innovative books are the ones that readers can trust!

Author Biography: Willie Lubka has worked in the media business for 20 years. His interest in the Internet started out as a hobby in the mid 1980's and today he manages the Internet Development Group at a leading media company, developing and maintaining several large online businesses. Willie and his wife, Liza Diniakos, have two children.
Nancy Holden has had a long career in music and writing. Over the years, she has published everything from poetry to magazine articles, as well as one novel Murrey (Viking Press, 1979), and has also written for television. Nancy has been online for three years, and had her first encounter with the Internet when she was just over 60. She has four children (including Willie Lubka) and seven grandchildren.
Bary Golson is Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine.

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Editorial Reviews

This general guide for the computer illiterate reviews the hardware required and the types of Internet connections available, as well as the basics of e-mail, chat rooms, search techniques, and on-line shopping. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613327503
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 18
Introduction 20
What's Inside? 22
The Extras 23
Part 1 Welcome to the Internet 24
Chapter 1 Getting a Handle on the Internet 26
What is the Internet 28
In the beginning 31
The global shopping mall 35
Just how worldwide is it 37
The good and the bad 41
Why use the Internet 43
A simple summary 45
Chapter 2 Getting Started 46
Driving your computer 48
Gearing up to go online 53
Introduction to internet software 59
A simple summary 63
Chapter 3 The World Wide Web 64
What makes up the web? 66
At home with your browser 70
Surf's up 76
Common problems 76
A simple summary 79
Chapter 4 Privacy, Safety, and Security 80
Privacy 82
Interacting and communicating 86
Keeping it safe and secure 88
System security 92
Simple summary 95
Chapter 5 Guidelines for Smoother Sailing 96
Tender loving hardware care 98
Tender loving software care 98
The monitor 103
Experimentation 105
Getting help and confidence 107
A simple summary 111
Part 2 Communication Online 112
Chapter 6 E-mail 114
What it is 116
E-mail ABCs 118
Netiquette 125
Free-mail 126
Advanced e-mailing 126
Moving and multiple addresses 130
A simple summary 131
Chapter 7 Group Communication 132
Message boards 134
Mailing lists 140
Newsgroups 144
Setting up your own group 147
A simple summary 151
Chapter 8 Can We Talk? 152
What is real time? 154
Chat technology tried and true 156
Chat technology: new and newer 160
Etiquette and common sense 164
Internet telephony 166
A simple summary 167
Chapter 9 Your Own Web Site 168
Why, what, and how 170
Basic HTML 173
Creating web pages 176
Your own 179
Web site hosts 181
A simple summary 185
Chapter 10 Do It Right 186
Hypertext Markup Language 188
HTML learning resources 198
Tables, frames, and forms 199
Mistakes to avoid 201
A simple summary 205
Part 3 Finding the Good Stuff 206
Chapter 11 Searching and Finding 208
The online research library 210
Search engines and directories 211
Portals 217
Boolean logic 221
A simple summary 223
Chapter 12 Advanced Searching 224
Search engine secrets 226
Focusing and filtering 229
Site searches 233
Reliability 234
A simple summary 239
Chapter 13 Specialized Searches 240
News 242
People and business 245
Jobs 248
Places to go and things to do 250
Government 255
International and non-English 256
A simple summary 257
Chapter 14 Downloading and Printing 258
Which way is up? 260
Downloading 262
Printing 267
Downloading software 269
A simple summary 271
Chapter 15 Multimedia 272
What is multimedia on the web? 274
Download speed 276
Multimedia players and formats 279
Players 283
MP3 286
CDs and DVDs 288
Finding multimedia 290
Convergence 290
A simple summary 291
Part 4 The Internet for Families 292
Chapter 16 The Wired Family 294
System care guidelines 296
User-friendly computing 297
Sharing the surf 300
Privacy issues 302
Signing-up for things 304
A simple summary 307
Chapter 17 Children Online 308
Essential rules for kids 310
Child-friendly gear 311
Parents and kids online 312
Fun and learning 316
Searching and researching 317
Communities and pen pals 318
Teens online 319
A simple summary 321
Chapter 18 Health and the Internet 322
Reliability 324
Consumer protection 326
Standards 327
Health web sites 328
Health and e-commerce 333
Aging 335
Electronic medical records 338
A simple summary 339
Chapter 19 Special Interests 340
Culture 342
Hobbies and collectibles 346
Games and recreation 348
News and politics 351
Genealogy 353
A simple summary 355
Chapter 20 Net Education 356
Distance learning 358
Support traditional education 365
Continuing education 367
Internet Skills 368
Impacting the family 368
A simple summary 369
Part 5 The Internet and Your Money 370
Chapter 21 Online Shopping 372
What is e-commerce 374
Product research 379
Buying and selling 383
Giving gifts online 384
Digital money 386
Consumer protection 387
A simple summary 387
Chapter 22 Managing Your Money 388
Banks and bills 390
Insurance 397
Retirement planning 398
Saving money online 401
A simple summary 403
Chapter 23 Investing in the Stock Market 404
Financial planning 406
Investing 407
Financial research 410
Taxation 414
A simple summary 417
Chapter 24 Making Money Online 418
Setting up a new online business 420
Putting a business online 422
Marketing your online business 424
Other money makers 427
Other dollars 428
A simple summary 429
Appendices 430
Conclusion 430
Additional Resources 431
Books and Magazines 435
A Simple Glossary 437
Index 442
Acknowledgements 448
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