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Dave's Beginners Guide to the Internet

Welcome to the Internet!

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Hello! My name is Dave. I'll be your tour guide. Are you ready to get rolling? There's a lot for you to learn here. Take it one chapter at a time, and you'll do just fine.

I've been using the Internet since 1995, which makes me pretty well... ancient. But there was a time that I was new, too. I hope I can pass on to you the information I've learned over the years.

You may be a little scared of the Internet -- or you might be excited to finally be online! Either way, you've come to the right place. Are you ready to learn? Sit back and relax. This isn't going to hurt as much as you may think.

Browser Basics

If you are completely new to the Internet, this chapter will help you to learn how to use your web browser (and we'll even tell you what one is, if you don't know yet!) To read this chapter, move your mouse pointer over the underlined text above that reads "Browser Basics", or just click the underlined text here.

Set Up Swagbucks - Gift Cards for Web Searching and Orders

Caution: Be careful when reading e-mail. Most email that looks like its from a bank, credit card company, mortgage company, eBay, PayPal, etc, is actually a criminal trying to rip you off or steal your info.

To stay safe, NEVER click links in an e-mail message that takes you to a page that asks for ANY INFORMATION from you. Instead, go directly to the site. For example, if you want to check on your eBay account, open your web brower and type If you'd like to learn more about protecting yourself from this crime, go to Google and search for "phishing."

What is the Internet?
What is the World Wide Web?
What is Electronic Mail?
What is Chat?
What are Discussion Boards and Newsgroups?

Net Etiquette and Shorthand
Anonymity and Privacy
Safety Issues
Finding Stuff on the Web

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