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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470457457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470457450
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Protect your privacy and use the Internet more securely with advice from safety experts

Isn′t the Internet amazing? But oh, the risks you′ve heard about – online identity theft, e–mail scams trying to separate you from your bank accounts, phony medical information, and more. Here′s the guide you need to steer through the hazards with confidence, so you can shop, visit, invest, explore, pay bills, and do dozens of other things online – more securely.

  • Have fun – find out how to share photos and videos, chat with others, and participate in online discussions – safely
  • Choose passwords with muscle – they don′t have to be hard to remember, just hard to guess
  • Keep your information to yourself – see how personal info is collected and used by legitimate companies – and crooks
  • Safely surfin′ – follow these tips to set up a browser, use search engines effectively, and sidestep suspicious ads
  • Protect your pocket – with strong passwords and reasonable caution, online banking and bill–paying might be safer than using your neighborhood bank
  • Stay healthier with online advice – discover how to spot reputable healthcare sites and avoid medical ID theft and scams
  • Learn how to spot online risks – discover how online criminals think, how to recognize risks, and how seniors can become safer online

Open the book and find:

  • The tools you need to protect your computer from viruses
  • A guide to your rights when using the Internet
  • How you can help keep your grandchildren safer online
  • A glossary of common computer terms
  • Ways to find movies, games, and music to enjoy online
  • How to use social networking sites safely
  • Surprising ways your personal information can be stolen

About the Author

Linda Criddle is an internationally recognized Internet safety and technology expert and President of Lookbothways Inc., which develops online safety curriculum and software. Nancy C. Muir has written more than 40 books on technologyand is the Director of Content Development for Lookbothways. Learn more at www.ilookbothways.com.


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I bought this book to try and guide my retired parent on the use of the internet as they were quite sceptical about the whole thing. After reading the book which explained things in an easy to understand way my parents are no silver surfing with the best of them. No issues with delivery and would use the seller again.
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got this for my mum she has be able to use it and is in good order she now can ues the laptop all the books I have orderd form this shop have be in good order
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Yes I do agree with all the comments commending this book, however like many IT professionals they get confused between the World Wide Web and the Internet. This is particularly important because it is something that users need to be aware of!!!

I will try and put this in a basic form for beginners because this is the intended market of the book.

The World Wide Web:- This is what some may consider to be the Internet because they have heard the phrase "I am surfing the Internet", however this is incorrect. The World Wide Web relates to images, pictures, video files etc which a person may see when they are using a piece of software called an Internet Browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox).

The Internet:- Is a global network that allows data to be transferred from a to b.

In reference to transporting goods, we could say that:-

The Internet is the road which the lorry will be driving on

The World Wide Web is the goods that the person can see, which the lorry has transported.

Hope this helps!

PS Apologies for any grammar issues I wrote this quickly.
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got for my dad to try and help him
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5.0 out of 5 stars I sent this to my Mom and Dad. 20 April 2009
By Elaine Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I consult to businesses about online safety and one of the biggest customer communication challenges has always been how to educate people about being safe online without scaring or boring them. This book does a great job of achieving that balance. Statistically, senior internet users are more likely to be targeted by online fraudsters/scammers for a variety of reasons. What the authors do is describe the many situations that can lead to trouble and the relatively simple (and intuitive) ways to avoid it. The book covers online dating, online gaming, social networking, sharing pictures, sharing personal information, using email, using financial sites, talking to the grandkids about staying safe online, etc. What it drove home to me is that there are more minefields out there than we care to imagine and that when mistakes happen, they can be very serious. As such, I ended up buying a copy of the book for my parents because they are frequent online users, they are only aware of potential online pitfalls at a cursory level, and like many other seniors, if something were to go wrong, I would not be first on their list to call.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it at your computer for best results 30 April 2009
By J. D. Criddle - Published on Amazon.com
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Move over seniors! This book is useful for any age. It offers specific helps and walks the internet user through the process so that you feel comfortable with each new topic. I find it works best to sit in front of my computer and practice what I read to solidify each suggestion. My only complaint is that the writing in the examples is too small and grayed. Working at the computer solves this problem, since I can now see it full screen.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for seniors and anyone who uses the Internet 1 April 2009
By D. Milstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a great resource not only for seniors but also for anyone who is concerned about online safety. I liked the writing style and found the explanations to be straight forward and informative.
I also liked that the book has many illustrations and screen shots, which make it much easier to understand.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed resource for Seniors! 2 July 2013
By John H. Macdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nancy Muir, author of half a dozen Dummies books focused on a Senior audience, does a great job of walking her target audience through the major pitfalls of Internet use through some detailed rules for safe use of email, browser settings, social media sites, and posting of online photos. This book was able to allay many of the fears of my 94 year old Father In Law who was interested in digital phtography and wanted to post some photos taken on the golf course. He found the book a better resource than family members who tended to not understand his particular concerns, and focused instead on the "just do this, just do that" approach. He liked being able to read a page as often as he wanted, and not be talked to as a child. This book is self empowering for Seniors who want to be treated as adults with consideration given to their special requirements. If happy with this book, I would also suggest Computers For Seniors For Dummies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Father Bought Himself a Laptop 17 Sept. 2011
By Padrina - Published on Amazon.com
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...at the age of 79 to explore the Internet, among other things. He contacted his telephone company and added Internet service to his account. But, then, the device remained essentially idle for a year or so because my husband and I don't live nearby (visits aren't sufficient for long-term learning), and he didn't know anyone else to show him how to use it effectively. He bought a couple of books, but they didn't help much; they were far too "techie." I finally purchased this book for him, together with LAPTOPS FOR SENIORS FOR DUMMIES (Laptops For Seniors For Dummies). He told me yesterday that these are the BEST books he's read! He's gotten his laptop out, and can actually understand and navigate it, now. Apparently, the authors really considered the psychology of their projected audience correctly! Thanks, bunches!
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