The Internet

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

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

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

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The Cloud

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Communicating Online

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Creating Websites

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Getting on the Internet

  • Find an Internet Service Provider
    Enter your zip code for reviews of DSL, cable, fiber optic, wireless and satellite Internet providers from

  • OpenWiFiSpots
    A directory of free wireless (WiFi) hotspots that is continuously updated. Locations can be shown in a list or on a map.

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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.

  • Guide to Internet Security
    Tips and advice to help you stay safe on the Web from Consumer Reports.

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

  • 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
    Tips from the federal government to help you avoid scams, secure your computer and protect your personal information.

  • Security Software Reviews
    ConsumerSearch analyzes reviews of antivirus, Internet security and parental control software, and presents a report of top-rated products along with a buying guide of recommended features and useful tips.

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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

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

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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

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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

  • 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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