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Do you feel that you have been left behind in the technological revolution? Are you looking for sound, practical advice on getting the most out of email and the Internet? If so, The Internet and email for the Over 50s is exactly what you need! Focusing on a wide range of internet and email uses that are of particular relevance and interest to older computer users and the technologically terrified, including travel, shopping and much more, this book even covers online dating!

The author approaches the subject in a highly accessible way, covering emailing, making calls over the Internet, shopping online, banking, setting up a blog and searching online. Starting from first basics, it begins with how to choose the right computer, software and peripherals. Made up of of self-contained chapters with the emphasis on what the computer is being used for, rather than scary technical stuff about the software needed, this book covers key areas of interest including: getting started with email, sending and receiving emails and attachments; making phone calls over the internet (VOIP etc), ‘chatting’ online; reading and writing blogs; keeping your personal information safe online and keeping your computer safe from viruses; finding what you need on the internet, shopping, banking and online auctions. Filled with clear instructions and supported with screenshots, tips, hints and a full ‘jargon-busting’ glossary, it assumes no prior knowledge of using the internet and email, guiding you with practical good humour to success.

The Internet and Email for the Over 50s includes:

Chapter 1: Choosing a computer
Chapter 2: Other equipment you might need
Chapter 3: Programs (software) you might need
Chapter 4: Getting started on your computer
Chapter 5: Setting up your email address
Chapter 6: Sending and receiving emails
Chapter 7: Sending and receiving email attachments
Chapter 8: Organizing email messages and contacts
Chapter 9: Getting started on the Internet
Chapter 10: Keeping organized when using the Web
Chapter 11: Making phone calls over the internet
Chapter 12: Chatting over the internet
Chapter 13: Getting involved with online communities Chapter 14: Reading and writing blogs
Chapter 15: Keeping your personal information safe online
Chapter 16: Keeping your computer safe from online threats
Chapter 17: Arranging and booking your travels
Chapter 18: Banking online and other financial services
Chapter 19: Buying from an online auction
Chapter 20: Selling at an online auction
Chapter 21: Doing your grocery shopping
Chapter 22: Working and learning
Chapter 23: Accessing TV, radio and games
Chapter 24: Accessing music and films
Chapter 25: Dating online
Chapter 26: Websites for the over 50s

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience.

Test yourself
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Try this
Innovative exercises illustrate what you’ve learnt and how to use it.


A friendly, easy to follow guide to getting online.
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