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The complete idiot's guide to the Internet
Kent, Peter, 1957-
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Seventh edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Que, [2001]

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xvii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TK5105.875.I57 K46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Computer Books
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This guide provides readers with the basic knowledge needed to understand the Internet. Topics covered include how to get connected, how to travel the Web, and how to participate in newsgroups and communicate with people all over the world via e-mail.

Author Notes

Peter Kent is the author of all six of the bestselling The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Internet books. He has been training computer users and documenting software for the past 18 years. He has also written articles that have appeared in Internet World, Windows Magazine and Computer World, and writes the syndicated column Geek News. Peter is the founder of, a major e-business service provider.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Connecting to the Internetp. 5
1 Your Connection to the Online Universe: An overview of what the Internet is and how to connectp. 7
2 Working on the World Wide Web: Getting your browser started so you can surf the World Wide Webp. 23
3 More Web Basics--Searching, Saving, and More: More Web techniques you need to know: saving stuff, working with the cache, and morep. 39
4 Understanding Web Programs and File Types: Things you'll find on the Web: frames, programs, different file typesp. 53
5 Web Multimedia--From Flash to Napster: Sound, video, and animations--the Web comes to lifep. 77
Part 2 Communicatingp. 95
6 Sending and Receiving Email: Send your first email message and learn what to do with messages you receivep. 97
7 Advanced Email--HTML Mail, Voice, and Encryption: Email gets fancy, email gets safe; how HTML mail and public-key encryption will transform emailp. 115
8 Using Online Chat Rooms: It's not real chatting because you type your messages; but it's a real-time discussion system you'll love (or hate)p. 129
9 Instant Messaging: The cool new messaging system AOL "went to war over" can help you stay in touch with friends and familyp. 143
10 Finding and Using Newsgroups: What's a newsgroup? How do you pick one from the thousands? You'll find out herep. 149
11 More Internet Discussions--Mailing Lists and Web Forums: Thousands more discussion groups, based on the email system and the World Wide Webp. 169
12 More Ways to Communicate--Net Phones, Conferences, Videoconferences: Advanced communication methods, using your voice and conference systemsp. 181
13 Setting Up Your Own Web Site: Millions of people are setting up their own Web sites...why not you, too?p. 193
14 Nifty Web Site Tricks: Find out how to add frames, tables, pictures, and sounds to your Web sitep. 205
Part 3 Getting Things Donep. 213
15 Finding What You Need Online: Here's how to find the needle you need in the Internet haystackp. 215
16 Shopping Online: Find bargains, save time--shop online!p. 227
17 Making Money on the Internet: The classic Internet question: How do you make money on the Net? Here's howp. 237
18 Staying Safe on the Internet: Keep your kids (and yourself) out of trouble on the Internetp. 247
19 Downloading Files (FTP, Go!Zilla, and CuteFTP): Millions of computer files are available online--here's how to get to themp. 263
20 Accessing the Internet with Cool New Devices: Computers aren't the only devices connected to the Internet--from email devices to elephantsp. 279
21 Ideas: You've learned how to use the Internet, but what for? This chapter provides ideas on ways to use the Internetp. 289
22 21 Questions--The Complete Internet FAQ: Questions and answers--from how to get rich on the Internet to why your software won't workp. 301
Part 4 Resourcesp. 315
A Speak Like a Geek--The Complete Archive: You could call it a glossaryp. 317
B Windows Internet Features: Windows 98, ME, and 2000 are stacked full of utilities and programs to help you work on the Internetp. 339
C All the Software You'll Ever Need: Visit these sites to download enough software to keep you busy for yearsp. 351
Indexp. 357