Be careful who you give
your private information to!
Only give your real name, address, phone
number, social security number, financial information, etc. to reputable,
secure sites. There is a degree of risk anytime you give out your
personal information over the Internet but well-known, well-run sites
such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Amazon.com, eBay, PayPal, and government web sites
are considered quite safe.
Don't tell your password to anyone else.
In fact, don't even write it down where someone else could find it.
Never reply to an e-mail asking
for personal information. There are a lot of crooks who will try
to get your personal information by sending you e-mails that appear to
be from a safe site (eBay, for example); however, if you reply to the e-mail,
the information will go straight to the crooks. This kind of scam is called
If you aren't sure whether or not an e-mail is for real, don't click
on any of the links in the e-mail. Instead, go to the web site
that supposedly sent the e-mail (by typing the URL in your location toolbar)
and log in. If the e-mail was for real, the same thing will show
up in your account.
Always remember to log out completely
when you've finished. If you don't, the next person to use your computer
will have access to your account.
Glossary of terms
used so far:
browser - A computer program that helps people
use the Internet.
check box - A small box that allows you to
select multiple items from a list.
click - To quickly press and release the left
dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen
to give you information. You must respond to a dialog box by clicking
on a button.
drag - To move an onscreen object by putting
the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
drop-down menu - A type of menu in which you
must click on a small down arrow to display your options.
e-mail - Messsages sent between computers
via the Internet. "E-mail" is short for "electronic mail."
Google - A popular search engine. Its
URL is www.google.com.
Google Chrome - A browser.
graphics - Pictures.
HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way
computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
highlighted text - Text with a different background
color. This sentence
insertion point - A little blinking line that
shows you where the next letter you type will appear.
Internet Explorer - A browser.
link - A connection to another web page.
Sometimes called a "hyperlink."
location toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains a text box.
menu - A list of options.
navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
Mozilla Firefox - A browser. Firefox
is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
password - A secret word that lets you access
your private information.
phishing- Attempting to steal private information
by sending out realistic-looking but fake e-mails.
pointer - The little arrow that moves around
the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
radio buttons- Small circles that allow you
to choose only one item from a list.
Safari - A browser.
scroll - To move a web page up and down on
the computer screen.
scroll bar- A bar that appears at the edge
of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
search engine - A web site that searches for
other web sites.
selection list - A type of menu.
slider- Part of a scroll bar; the box that
moves up and down as a web page is scrolled.
you should exhibit when using a web site.
text - Letters and numbers.
text box - A white box that you can type things
toolbar - A group of tools to help you use
the Internet. Toolbars are part of a browser.
URL - The address of a web page. Pronounced
"earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
user name - The name by which a web site recognizes
web page - A computer file that looks like
a printed page when viewed with a browser.
web site - A group of related web pages.
World Wide Web - The part of the Internet
that can be viewed with a browser.
Yahoo! - A popular search engine. Its
URL is www.yahoo.com.