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                            The Everyday Internet All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
	About the Author
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
		What’s in This Book, Anyway?
		How I Selected Web Sites for This Book
		Foolish Assumptions
		Conventions Used in This Book
		Icons Used in This Book
		Good Luck, Reader!
	Book I: Getting Started
		Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with the Internet
			What Is the Internet?
			How the Internet Works
			How Web Pages Work
		Chapter 2: Choosing an Internet Service
			The Equipment and Software You Need
			Broadband versus Dialup Connections
			Types of Connections
			Choosing an Internet Service Provider
		Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Internet Connections
			Connecting with a Dialup Modem
			Connecting with a DSL or Cable Modem
			Setting Up an E-Mail Account
		Chapter 4: Protecting Your Privacy and Security
			Preventing a Virus Attack
			Making Sure Your Copy of Windows Is Up to Date
			Protecting Your Computer with a Firewall
			What to Do about Spyware and Adware
			Preventing Identification Theft
		Chapter 5: Using America Online
			Installing AOL
			Signing on to AOL
			A Short Geography Lesson
			Handling Incoming E-Mail
			Composing and Sending E-Mail
			Maintaining an Address Book
			Exploring the Internet in AOL
		Chapter 6: Getting the Plug-Ins You Need
			Introducing Plug-Ins
			A Roster of Plug-In Programs
		Chapter 7: The Internet for Children and Parents
			Supervising Kids on the Internet
			Talking to Children about the Internet
			Finding Parenting Help on the Internet
			Finding a School for Your Child
			Kids’ Health
			Getting Help with Your Homework
			Finding Colleges and College Scholarships
	Book II: Exploring the Internet
		Chapter 1: Browsing around the Internet
			Navigation Basics
			Choosing Your Home Page
			Bookmarking Your Favorite Web Pages
			Social Bookmarking, or Sharing Bookmarks with Others
			Downloading and Copying Files from the Internet
		Chapter 2: A Look at Different Browsers
			Comparing the Different Browsers
			Customizing Your Browser
		Chapter 3: Strategies for Internet Searching
			Finding Out about Search Engines
			Which Search Engine Should I Use?
			Crafting a Thorough but Precise Internet Search
			Searching the “Invisible Web”
			Evaluating Whether Information at a Web Site Is Valid
		Chapter 4: Advanced Tools for Scholars and Researchers
			Discovering Specialty Search Engines
			Finding Out about the Google Toolbar
			Searching for Images, Audio, and Video
			Asking a Google Expert
			Online Translation Services
		Chapter 5: The Internet as a Reference Library
			Finding General-Purpose Information
			Taking Advantage of Online Reference Books
			Finding Lost Friends and Lovers
			Looking Up Phone Numbers and Addresses
		Chapter 6: Read All about It
			Gathering the News with an Aggregator
			Getting News Alerts from Google by E-Mail
			News Search Engines
			Starting from a News Portal
			Reading Online Newspapers
			Getting the News from Abroad
	Book III: E-Mailing
		Chapter 1: A Quick Introduction to E-Mailing
			Web-Based E-Mail and E-Mail Programs
			Looking at E-Mail Addresses
			Discovering How E-Mail Is Sent and Delivered
			Compressing Files to Make Sending Them Easier
		Chapter 2: E-Mailing with Outlook
			Finding Your Way around Outlook
			Addressing and Sending E-Mail Messages
			Comparing the Message Formats
			Receiving E-Mail Messages
			Handling Files That Were Sent to You
			Maintaining a Happy and Healthy Contacts Folder
			Techniques for Organizing E-Mail Messages
			Looking into the Different E-Mail Folders
			Deleting E-Mail Messages (and Contacts, Tasks, and Other Items)
			Finding and Backing Up Your Outlook File
		Chapter 3: E-Mailing with Outlook Express
			A Short Geography Lesson
			Writing and Sending E-Mail Messages
			A Word about Mail-Sending Formats
			Receiving and Reading Your E-Mail
			Deleting Messages
			Organizing Your E-Mail Messages
			Keeping the Addresses of Friends, Family, and Clients
		Chapter 4: Yahoo! and Other Web-Based E-Mail Services
			Why Have a Free Web-Based E-Mail Account?
			Looking at Some Web-Based E-Mail Services
			Handling Your E-Mail with Yahoo! Mail
		Chapter 5: Only You Can Prevent Spam
			Looking at It from the Spammer’s Point of View
			How Spammers Obtain E-Mail Addresses
			Preventative Medicine for Spam
			Looking at Spam-Filtering Software
	Book IV: Quick Communicating
		Chapter 1: Instant Messaging
			Introducing Instant Messaging
			Knowing How to Preserve Your Privacy
			Using AOL Instant Messenger
			Using MSN Messenger
			Using Yahoo! Messenger
			Using ICQ
		Chapter 2: Blogs and Online Journals
			What Are Blogs and Online Journals?
			What Makes for a Good Blog or Online Journal?
			Blog Search Engines and Directories
			Free Web Sites for Creating Blogs and Online Journals
			Running a Blog or Online Journal at Mótime
		Chapter 3: Mailing Lists and Message Boards
			Trading Ideas on a Mailing List
			Subscribing to a Mailing List
			Spouting Your Opinion on a Message Board
		Chapter 4: Newsgroups and the Usenet
			Introducing Newsgroups
			Figuring Out Newsgroup Names
			Google versus the Newsreaders
			Exploring Newsgroups with Google
			Exploring Newsgroups with Outlook Express
			Downloading Multimedia Files with a Binary Newsreader
		Chapter 5: Joining, Starting, and Managing a Yahoo! Group
			Introducing Yahoo! Groups
			Finding and Joining a Yahoo! Group
			Leaving a Yahoo! Group
			Posting a Message to a Group
			Sending Files and Photos to a Group
			Starting and Managing a Yahoo! Group
		Chapter 6: Chatting Online
			Introducing Online Chats
			Finding Out the Rules of the Road
			Private, Web-Based Chat Services
			Chatting on IRC
		Chapter 7: Free Web Sites at Yahoo! GeoCities
			Deciding on a Free Web-Hosting Service
			A Few Design Considerations
			Creating the Web Site
			Building Your Site from the Web Site Accounts Window
			Constructing a Web Page with PageBuilder
			Managing the Files
			Submitting Your Web Site to Search Engines
		Chapter 8: Making Friends and Connections Online
			Social Networking
			Finding New Friends in Your Town or City
			Looking for Love in the Yahoo! Personals
			Reuniting with Old Friends
		Chapter 9: Using Your PC as a Telephone
			Calling with a VoIP Service
			Free Telephone Calling with Skype
	Book V: Your Personal Finances
		Chapter 1: Searching for Financial Information
			Getting Lessons in How to Invest
			Devising an Investment Strategy
			Discovering Basic Researching Techniques
			Getting the Latest Financial News
			Researching Mutual Funds, Stocks, and Bonds on the Internet
			Finding a Broker
		Chapter 2: Monitoring and Tracking Investments
			Introducing Investment Portfolios
			Comparing the Online Portfolio Web Sites
			Tracking Your Investments in a Yahoo! Portfolio
			Financial Software Management Programs
		Chapter 3: Banking and Paying Bills Online
			Banking Online
			Paying Your Bills Online
			Online Banking and Bill Paying with Microsoft Money and Quicken
			Searching for a Credit Card Online
	Book VI: Bargain Shopping
		Chapter 1: Searching for Bargains
			Some Rules for Buying Items Online
			Shopping Search Engines
			Looking at Some Price-Comparison Web Sites
			Reading Online Catalogs
			Hunting for Bargains at Online Stores
			Product Reviews and Consumer Reports
		Chapter 2: Buying at an Online Auction
			Looking at the Online Auction Houses
			Using Auction Search Engines
			Registering with eBay
			Signing in to Your My eBay Page
			Searching for Items of Interest
			Keeping a Watching List
			Knowing the Rules of the Road
			Bidding on Items
			Making the Purchase
		Chapter 3: Using PayPal
			Discovering PayPal
			Signing Up for a PayPal Account
			Logging in to the PayPal Window
			Sending a Payment through PayPal
			Receiving a Payment
		Chapter 4: Taking a Stroll through the Cyberbazaar
	Book VII: Selling on the Internet
		Chapter 1: Selling Items on eBay
			Figuring the Costs of Selling on eBay
			Signing Up to Sell on eBay
			Doing the Background Work
			Putting Up an Item for Bidding
			Monitoring the Auction
			Closing the Sale
		Chapter 2: Selling Items Online
			Choosing the Right Market
			Setting Up Your Web Site
			E-Commerce Software
		Chapter 3: Sending It to the Buyer
			Determining the Shipping Costs
			Packing It
			Buying Postage Stamps Online
			Tracking It
	Book VIII: Hobbies and Pastimes
		Chapter 1: Playing Games Online
			All-Purpose Game Sites
			Some Slightly Off-the-Wall Games
			Playing Fantasy Sports Online
			Web Sites for Gamers
		Chapter 2: Planning Your Next Vacation
			Figuring Out Where to Begin
			Finding a Travel Bargain
			Flying There
			Finding a Hotel or Motel Room
			Exchanging Your Home with Another Family’s
			Driving There
			Advanced Mapping
			How’s the Weather?
			Deciding What to Do When You Get There
			Armchair Traveling
			Outdoor Adventuring
			Traveling by Rail
			Resources for Traveling Abroad
			Eccentric Sites for Eccentric Travelers
		Chapter 3: Let Me Entertain You
			Playing Internet Shorts Online
			Going to the Movies
			Renting DVDs over the Internet
			Getting Your Local TV Listings
			Listening to Internet Radio
			Finding Books Online
		Chapter 4: The Internet for Music Lovers
			Web Sites for Music Lovers
			Buying Music Online
			Trading Free Music Files on the Internet
		Chapter 5: Buying and Playing Music with iTunes
			Introducing iTunes
			Downloading iTunes Software
			Buying Songs from the Apple Music Store
			Playing Songs
			Organizing Your Songs with Playlists and the Library
			Adding Your Own Songs to Your iTunes Collection
			Burning a CD
		Chapter 6: Genealogy Online
			Doing the Detective Work
			Organizing Your Genealogical Data
			All-Purpose Searching Sites
			Obtaining Vital Information from the Social Security Death Index
			Searching the Census and Other Vital Records
			Searching for Information about a Surname
			Searching the Passenger Lists
			Obtaining Data from Localities
			Writing to Obtain Vital Records
	Book IX: Appendixes
		Appendix A: Signing Up for a Yahoo! ID
			What You Get with a Yahoo! Account
			Getting a Yahoo! Account
			Signing In and Signing Out
			All about Yahoo! Profiles
			Changing Your Yahoo! ID
			Closing a Yahoo! Account
		Appendix B: Getting a .NET Passport
			What Is a .NET Passport?
			Obtaining a .NET Passport
			Signing In and Signing Out
			Managing Your .NET Passport Account
		Appendix C: Getting a Google Account
			What You Get with a Google Account
			Obtaining a Google Account
	Glossary of Internet Terms
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Chapter 4


sgroups and
the U

Exploring Newsgroups with Google 287

into your computer and read them at your leisure. The biggest advantage of
newsreaders over a Web browser is being able to download music files and
videos from newsgroups. You can’t do that by starting at and
wandering the Internet in your Web browser.

Exploring Newsgroups with Google
For the sake of convenience, it’s hard to beat Google for exploring the Usenet
and reading messages posted in newsgroups. To post a message, you have to
acquire a Google account. Other than that, searching for newsgroups, search-
ing for messages in newsgroups, and subscribing to newsgroups couldn’t be
easier. If only Google would come up with a way to download multimedia files
from newsgroups. You can’t do that in Google — yet.

Searching for newsgroup postings
As you probably already know, Google is a very powerful tool for searching the
Internet. Google can also reach deep into the Usenet to find messages posted in
newsgroups. In fact, Google can reach all the way back to messages posted
in 1981. Here’s some good news if you are a past master at searching with
Google: You can use the same techniques to search the Usenet with Google as
you can to search the Internet (Book II, Chapter 3 explains searching the
Internet with Google).

To search the Usenet with Google, open your browser to http://groups. or go to the Google home page and click the Groups link. You
land in the Google Groups page, the starting point for searching the Usenet.
These tips can help you search the Usenet with Google:

✦ Browsing the newsgroup directory: Chose a category name and, on the
Web page that appears, either open a newsgroup or continue searching
deeper into the categories and subcategories. Figure 4-2 shows the page
for searching Science and Technology groups.

✦ Searching by keyword: Enter search terms in the text box and click the
Search Groups button. In the search results page, click a post that
piques your interest. As shown in Figure 4-3, the post appears in its own
window along with the thread to which it belongs. The search terms you
entered are highlighted. You can scroll down the window to read the
entire thread. Click the newsgroup name to make the newsgroup appear
in your browser.

✦ Conducting an advanced search: Click the Advanced Groups Search
link on the Google Groups page to conduct a thorough search. You go to
the Advanced Groups Search page, where you get the opportunity to
search by exact phrase, date, and other nifty criteria.

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Subscribing to a newsgroup
To subscribe to a newsgroup and be able to visit it regularly, bookmark it:

✦ Internet Explorer: Choose Favorites➪Add to Favorites and, in the Add
Favorite dialog box, select a folder, enter a bookmark name, and click
the OK button.

Figure 4-3:
Reading a
found in a
Notice the

Figure 4-2:
inside the
Science and

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dealing with trusted or
troublesome group
members, 321

deciding how members
may join, 319

deciding on topic,
category, and name,

disallowing member to
upload files, 322

entering group
information, 316

entering owner
information, 317

getting help with
moderator chores,

giving members access to
Web tools, 319

Invite button, 317
Management button, 317
owners, 317
Promote button, 317
removing or banning

member, 322–323
removing messages, files,

and photos, 322
Start a New Group link,

switching from moderated

to unmoderated
option, 322

Yahoo! Mail
Address Book, 235–236
blocking and bulking

messages, 234
bypassing Yahoo! home

page, 227
collecting messages from

conventional mail,

e-mail address and
domain, 226

filtering messages into
certain folders upon
receipt, 233–234

mailbox storage capacity,

menus, buttons, and
folder names, 227–228

opening mailbox, 226–227
organizing messages into

folders, 232–234
paper clip icon, 231
reading messages,

receiving files with

messages, 231–232
replying to messages,

saving copies of messages

(or not), 230
sending automatic “Sorry,

I’m away” response,

sending files
(attachments), 230–231

sending messages, 230
Yahoo! Merchant, 461
Yahoo! Messenger (instant

messenger), 252, 255,

Yahoo! News, 167
Yahoo! PageBuilder,

Yahoo! PageWizard,

Yahoo! People Search, 154
Yahoo! Personals, 357–359
Yahoo! Picture Gallery, 143
Yahoo! Search Directory,

115, 122, 128
Yahoo! Shopping, 406
Yahoo! Web Site Accounts

window, 339–340
Yahooligans!, 78, 79, 348

Year Box, 440
yellow pages lookups, 154
Your Dictionary, 152

Zeal (directory-type search

engine), 116
Zenni Optical, 438
Zip files, 42, 177
zombie PCs, 239
The Zone (MSN Zone),

ZoneAlarm firewall, 50
Zoot Suit Store, 438

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