The Internet




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Blogs

Blogs are online journals or commentaries on specific topics of interest to the writer.

See also RSS.
  • Blog Hosting
    Create your own blog at one of these many Web hosting sites.

  • How Blogs Work
    An easy-to-understand overview of blogs, and instructions for publishing your own blog. From HowStuffWorks.com.

  • Legal Guide for Bloggers
    Blog without getting into legal trouble for what you post.

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Communicating Online


  • Chat and Instant Messaging

    • Chat Acronyms
      Discover what AFAIK, L8R and all those other acronyms mean.

    • How Chat Rooms Work
      A general overview of chat rooms and how to get started. From HowStuffWorks.com.

    • How Instant Messaging Works
      An easy-to-understand overview of instant messaging, including information on IM providers. From HowStuffWorks.com.

  • Email Services

  • Newsgroups, Forums and Mailing Lists

  • Social Networking

  • VoIP (Internet Phone)

    • How VoIP Works
      An easy-to-understand overview of VoIP, its advantages and disadvantages, and more. From HowStuffWorks.com.

    • Internet Phone Service Guide
      QuickStartVOIP.com explains in nontechnical language what VoIP is, how to choose a provider and helps you choose a service plan.

    • Voxilla
      The latest news, information and forums on VoIP.

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Creating Websites

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs)


  • Choosing an ISP

  • Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet)

    • How Wi-Fi Works
      An easy-to-understand overview of wireless networks, and links to articles on related topics. From HowStuffWorks.com.

    • JiWire
      Shows paid and free Wi-Fi hotspots, along with the service providers and network names. Locations available on a sortable list or on a map.

    • Wi-Fi FreeSpot Directory
      Lists places that offer free, high speed wireless Internet access.

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Online Security and Safety

  • Child Safety on the Internet
    • FBI — Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
      Offers advice for parents on how to recognize and protect children from exploitation on the Internet.

    • NetSmartz Workshop
      Resources for parents, guardians and teachers, and fun, age-appropriate activities to help children age 5 to 17 learn how to be safer when using the Internet. NetSmartz Workshop is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • ConsumerSearch: Security Software Reviews
    Provides reviews of anti-spyware, antivirus, firewall, spam filter and other types of security software and recommends suggested software features.

  • Home PC Firewall Guide
    Reviews of some of the best security programs for your computer, including quite a few that are free.

  • How Firewalls Work
    A detailed description of how firewalls protect your computer from HowStuffWorks.com.

  • Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
    Created by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, this website allows you to file a complaint if you feel you've been the victim of an Internet crime. Your complaint will be reviewed and, if appropriate, forwarded to local or federal law enforcement agencies. Be sure to look at their Internet crime prevention tips and their descriptions of typical Internet crime schemes.

  • Krebs on Security
    Brian Krebs keeps you up to date with the latest information on viruses, software updates and other security holes in your computer.

  • OnGuard Online
    "Practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information."

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Podcasts

Podcasts are audio or video programs that can be listened to or viewed at your convenience on a computer with a media player or on a portable device. Podcasts can be subscribed to and received automatically.

  • How Podcasting Works
    An overview of podcasting, including information on listening to and creating podcasts. From HowStuffWorks.com.

  • Podcasting Tools
    "A comprehensive podcasting resource detailing everything you need to know about Podcasting."

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RSS

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to receive news or updates to the information you are interested in without having to search the Web or receive e-mail. RSS feeds can be subscribed to and received automatically on computers or portable devices.

See also blogs.
  • How RSS Works
    An easy-to-understand overview of RSS, RSS readers and creating RSS feeds. From HowStuffWorks.com.

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Search Engines

  • List of Search Engines
    Starting with its selection of the top, general-purpose search engines, this website provides an "extensive list of the major Internet search engines" categorized by type.

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Spam (Unsolicited Email) and Advertising

  • Cut Down on Unsolicited Email
    The Direct Marketing Association's DMAchoice service provides an "email preference service" that can lessen the amount of unwanted commercial email you receive.

  • How Spam Works
    An easy-to-understand overview of spam and how to stop it. From HowStuffWorks.com.

  • Spam Filter Reviews
    ConsumerSearch provides a list of top-rated spam filters that work with your e-mail program along with reviews by experts and users and recommendations for suggested software features.

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