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Author Sandy Berger is the host of the AARP Webplace Computers and Technology website, and is the perfect host to guide you through the Internet. Sandy's easy-reading style and bite-sized chunks of information are just a few of the reasons why thousands of people who did not grow up with computers go to Sandy for her sound advice and easy to follow instruction. Sandy will explain the basics of the Internet, from creating and sending e-mail to designing a web page. Sandy will discuss which Internet Service Provider to choose based on your lifestyle and then explain what firewalls are, how to protect yourself from spam and identity theft, and how to prevent viruses from attacking your computer. There is much to learn and keep up-to-date with when it comes to technology. Let Sandy help guide your way with the Great Age Guide to the Internet!
About the Author
Sandy Berger is seen and heard everywhere these days: in her Compu-KISS newsletter, on her radio program, in her newspaper column, in her three books, and on the Internet and by fans from around the globe. And although she is the host of the Computers and Technology section of the AARP web site, a far broader age group seeks her opinions. It's the universal appeal that put Sandy in Parade Magazine and on the Today Show. Dubbed "the Martha Stewart of e-learning," Sandy is knowledgeable, likable, and has a way with people. The New York Times placed her in the top five most influential people in e-learning.
Read an Excerpt
Have you ever stopped to think about the role of technology in your life? There's no doubt that today's younger generations will benefit from current and future technological advances, but today's older generations are already seeing the biggest lifestyle improvements ever. We are living longer, more active lives than our parents and grandparents. Our ancestors went from youth to middle age to old age. We, with a new mentality and the help of technology, have added an entire epoch to our livesthe Great Age!
Everyone knows that the term baby boomer refers to individuals who were born after World War II. This group is generally recognized as encompassing people who were born between 1946 and 1964. The boomer's older siblings don't have a moniker associated with their generation, but along with the boomers, they are often referred to as zoomers because they are not ready to be relegated to a rocking chair. Boomers and zoomers are zooming into the latter part of their lives, zooming into technology, and zooming into everything they do. They are vibrant individuals who deal enthusiastically with all aspects of their lives. They are ready to enjoy the Great Age that they have created.About Sandy Berger's Great Age Series
It's about time that someone addressed the issues that face those of us who did not grow up with computers. We are not technologically impaired. We are not dummies. And we are not about to be overlooked.
It's just that we didn't learn about computers in school, so we sometimes approach the new-fangled digital world with a bit of trepidation. Can someone pleasetell us just what we need to know without any complicated mumbo jumbo?
That is exactly what this series does. It is explicitly geared for the needs and wants of baby boomers and beyond. It will tell you just what you need to knowno more and no less. It uses the winning formula of need-to-know information, along with easy-to-understand explanations.
Over the past decade, I have helped many boomers and their older siblings learn how to use computers and technology to enhance and improve their lives. I understand the needs and wants of this generation. After all, I am enjoying the Great Age myself. So I am anxious to help guide you into the world of technology where the "Great Age" is full of enjoyment and anticipation.Guide to the Internet
World Wide Web, the Internet, the Net, Cyberspace: No matter what you call it, it has transformed communication and changed the way we live and work. The Internet is the technology that has most improved our lives in the last few years. Yet some still shy away. Some use email, but don't take advantage of the many benefits that the Internet has to offer.
In this book, you will learn how to get on the Internet and how to use it properly. You will learn the various ways that the Internet can enhance your lifestyle.
If you are already using the Internet, this book will be your guide to happier web browsing. From email to security, from spam to chat rooms, there is information here for everyone. So come on in and join the "IN"ternet crowd!What's Inside
There are no special instructions for using this book. Start at the beginning, or jump around as you please. It doesn't matter if you are using a PC or a Mac. Much of this book pertains to both of these operating systems. If there are differences, they are noted.
I've added a quote at the beginning of each chapter because we can always learn from others. I've also included several special features to help you in your quest for knowledge.
Sandy's Tip - Sandy's Tips will give you my personal tips, tricks, and shortcuts to make life in the digital world a little easier.
Lingo - The Lingo boxes will explain any high-tech terms in easy-to-understand language.
Blooper Alert - The Blooper Alerts will alert you to avoid some of the pitfalls. By telling you about some of the places where most people stumble, these alerts will allow you to stay out of trouble and to feel a whole lot smarter.
How This Book Is Organized
Trivia - The Trivia boxes are just for fun. They are tidbits of fascinating information: little things including today's factoids as well as details from the good old days.
This book does not have to be read from front to back in chapter order to enjoy the full benefits of the content; however, some terms and other details introduced in the first few chapters are relevant to later chapters. If you aren't familiar with certain concepts or terms (lingo), you might want to start at the beginning and work your way forward.
The chapters are organized to take you from the basics of the Internet to the more advanced concepts and uses.
Chapter 1, "Joining the Internet Community," tells you how the Internet can impact your life in positives ways and gives you the ins and outs of getting connected to the Internet using a computer or other device.
Chapter 2, "ABCs of the Internet," explains web browserswhat types exist and why you might choose one over the otherand the basics of navigating the Internet.
Chapter 3, "The Language of the Internet," demystifies Internet addresses (what are all those w's for anyway) and commonly used acronyms, as well as explains the symbolic emoticons that some people love to use.
Chapter 4, "Exciting Things to Do on the Internet," helps you make your Internet searches faster and easier and also gives you valuable information on downloading files and shopping on the Internet.
In Chapter 5, "Web Advertising and Pop-Ups," you learn how web advertising works and how to use it to your benefit.
Chapter 6, "Email Essentials," explains the various email programs and how to use them. It also deals with email attachments and Internet hoaxes.
Chapter 7, "Dealing with Spam," gives you a better understanding of what spam is and how to prevent receiving it in your email inbox. This is an essential part of using email.
Chapter 8, "Chat Rooms, Message Boards, and Instant Messaging," shows you great ways to meet people and stay in touch with family and friends.
In Chapter 9, "Creating your own Web Page," you learn about software that you can use to create your own web page, as well as types of information that you might want to share with others on the Web.
Chapter 10, "Security in Cyberspace," tells you everything you need to know about safety and security.
My fondest wish is that you enjoy this book and have fun with technology!
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Table of Contents
|About Sandy Berger's Great Age Series|
|Guide to the Internet|
|How This Book Is Organized|
|1. Joining the Internet Community.|
|Can I Get to the Internet Without a Computer?|
|Other Email Capable Devices|
|Hi-tech Options for Accessing the Internet|
|Connecting Your Computer to the Internet Using a Phone Line|
|Basic Dial-Up Connection|
|Hi-Speed Dial-Up Connection|
|Broadband: Cable Connections|
|Broadband: DSL Connections|
|Broadband: Other Types of Connections|
|Choosing an Internet Service Provider|
|Local Versus National ISP|
|Check the Yellow Pages|
|What Do You Get?|
|Connecting to the Internet While on the Road|
|2. ABCs of the Internet.|
|Web Browsers: Your Window to the Internet|
|Web Pages and Websites|
|What's a Home Page?|
|What's a Session?|
|Printing Web Pages|
|Navigating the Internet|
|Navigating with Hyperlinks|
|Navigating Within a Web Page|
|3. The Language of the Internet.|
|Understanding Internet Addresses|
|Acronyms and Emoticons|
|4. Exciting Things to Do on the Internet.|
|Finding Information with a Search Engine|
|Search Engine Choices|
|Using a Search Engine|
|Popular Search Engines|
|Why Are Search Results Different?|
|Which Search Engine Is for You?|
|Downloading and Working with Files from the Internet|
|Download Files from the Internet|
|Saving Web Pages to your Computer|
|Shopping Online Safely|
|5. Web Advertising and Pop-ups.|
|The All Powerful Mouse Click|
|Types of Online Ads|
|Click for Cash|
|Using Your Browser's Pop-Up Ad Blocker|
|Other Pop-Up Blockers|
|Disabling Pop-Up Blockers|
|Should Web Content Be Free?|
|Ad-free Websites for a Fee|
|Other Devious Plots|
|6. Email Essentials.|
|Choosing an Email Program|
|Mail on the Mac|
|Sending and Receiving Email|
|Basic Email Etiquette|
|Addressing Email Messages|
|Adding a Subject and Message|
|Replying to Email|
|Understanding Basic Email Management|
|Organizing Your Email|
|Garbled Text and Unknown File Types|
|Email Hoaxes, Jokes, and Chain Letters|
|7. Dealing with Spam.|
|Spam Morphs Itself|
|How Spam Affects Us and How to Stop It|
|Don't Click on Spam|
|Keep Your Email Address Private|
|Avoid Email Lists|
|Be a Tattletale|
|Spam Control Programs|
|Using Anti-Spam Tools in Email Software|
|Spam Blocking Software|
|Change Your Email Address|
|Using Sender Verification|
|Filtering out More Than Spam|
|The Spam Solution|
|8. Chat Rooms, Message Boards, and Instant Messaging.|
|Chatting on the Web|
|How to Find a Chat Room|
|Joining a Chat|
|Using Message Boards|
|Navigating the Boards|
|Finding Message Boards|
|Contact (Buddy) Lists|
|Video Instant Messaging|
|9. Putting Your Stuff on the Web.|
|Web Creation Software|
|Full-featured Web Development Software|
|Basic Web Page Creation Software|
|Learning HTML Basics|
|Doing It the Easy Way|
|Putting Your Page on the Internet|
|Sharing Family Photos|
|Content for Your Site|
|Keep the File Size Small|
|10. Security in Cyberspace.|
|Understanding Computer Viruses|
|Detecting and Preventing Viruses|
|Updating Antivirus Software|
|Develop Healthy Computer Habits|
|Viruses Worsen Over Time|
|Bugs, Patches, and Updates|
|Updating Your Operating System Is a Must|
|Performing System Updates|
|Know Your Cookies|
|What Information Can a Cookie Extract?|
|Choosing Passwords and Biometric Identification|
|Common Password Mistakes|
|Tips for Choosing a Safe Password|
|Dealing with Spyware|
|How Spyware Invades Our Computers|
|Removing Spyware from Your Computer|
|Securing Wireless Connections|
|Avoiding Identity Theft|
|Be Informed and Protect Your Information|