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Using the Internet Safely for Seniors for Dummies (Thorndike Health, Home & Learning) Hardcover – Large Print, October 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1410418838 ISBN-10: 1410418839 Edition: Lrg Una

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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Health, Home & Learning
  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Una edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410418839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410418838
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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
--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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He told me yesterday that these are the BEST books he's read!
Padrina
As a senior and computer and internet user though not a techie, I think this book, for fellow computer users, is a good user guide to security.
Music Fan
I liked the writing style and found the explanations to be straight forward and informative.
D. Milstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Criddle on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Scott on April 20, 2009
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on December 12, 2010
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As a senior and computer and internet user though not a techie, I think this book, for fellow computer users, is a good user guide to security. I think it is up to date, being copyrighted in 2009. It seems to cover pretty much the range of subject matters needed to provide security for users. This book apparently was not meant to teach computer programming or the technical intricacies of computer security, but for what it is meant to do, I think it does it quite well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Bilyeu on February 10, 2010
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This is a goot tool/book for seniors who need to read in big print. Bought for my Dad and he loves the big print and the ease within the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Milstein on March 31, 2009
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Padrina on September 17, 2011
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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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