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World Wide Web (the Internet) Basics

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Part of our "Got 20 minutes?" basic computer literacy presentation program at Virginia College. Created by Georgen Charnes and Amanda Van Camp.

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World Wide Web (the Internet) Basics

  1. 1. http://publicweb.digitalliteracyassessment.org/assessment/player.php? m=2&l=en
  2. 2. What is the internet The Internet is a global system of interconnected  computer networks that use the standard  Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link several  billion devices worldwide. Also called:  The Web The World Wide Web www online
  3. 3. Sept 2013 “15% of Americans don't use the Internet, notes our Walter Hickey. Why not? The number one reason: They're just not interested! This chart lays out the other reasons.”
  4. 4. Basics An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that  provides (sells) internet access [one is Comcast] Connection options:  Dial-up High Speed cable Wireless Additional resources from Workforce Center
  5. 5. Browsers Internet browsers are programs that allow access to the internet  Internet Explorer Chrome  Mozilla Firefox Safari  Opera
  6. 6. URL: Uniform Resource Locator The address of your webpage Looks like this: http://www.google.com
  7. 7. URL Domain types .com, .org and .net are now unregulated .gov = government .edu = education Country-specific domain types .uk, .pl, .ca
  8. 8. URL vs. Email address www.google.com No @ steve@google.com Personalized (steve) Includes @ sign Google.com is the domain name Password needed
  9. 9. Website terms A web page is a document accessible through an internet browser A web site is a collection of related web pages hosted together Home is a page set to be your “home” page
  10. 10. Hyperlinks Hyperlinks are what you click that take you to another webpage Also called HOT LINKS
  11. 11. Tabs vs. Windows Tabs allow for multiple webpages open aat the same time within one window “mini-windows”
  12. 12. Menus on your browser
  13. 13. Search Engines Programs accessible through web browsers to search the internet for specific words or phrases
  14. 14. Pop-ups New web browser windows opened automatically Almost always ads Don’t fall for them! They want your information. Other scam ads (1,000th visitor, work for google from home, etc)
  15. 15. Accounts Many accounts – Many passwords Examples: email account, bank account, student portal account, public school student account Passwords are like keys Accessible ANYWHERE Laptop, phone, school, work
  16. 16. Privacy Never save your password on a public computer
  17. 17. Internet Child Safety The internet is largely unregulated (unsafe!) Filtering software exists Flawed and expensive Rules: 1. No chat rooms 2. Only message people from real life and never allow children to meet with strangers from the internet 3. Never give out personal information
  18. 18. Viruses and Protection A computer virus is a program that makes copies of itself and spreads from computer to computer Most often harmful and spread through the internet By email, unsecured websites, ads, etc. Antivirus software available Norton and McAfee are good but cost Free and work well:  AVG Antivirus  Spybot  Malwarebytes
  19. 19. You’re on your way