Getting online can save you time and money – not to mention provide a wealth of information at your fingertips.
You can use the internet to:
We have produced a guide with the support of BT‚ one of the world’s leading providers of communication products and services.
Before you use the internet‚ there are several items you will need.
Some people like desktop computers while others prefer more portable computers that you can carry around and use on your lap (known as laptops).A mouse is a hand-sized control that allows you to direct an arrow‚ or cursor‚ around your computer screen and to click on things on the screen and is how you navigate your way around the internet. They come in different shapes and sizes and are comfortable even if you have limited dexterity.Desktop computers usually have keyboard and mouse as separate items but on a laptop they are built in and the mouse is usually a track pad. The computer‚ keyboard‚ mouse are all hardware.
There are two ways to connect to the internet‚ dial-up and broadband.
Dial-up internet connectionWith a dial-up connection the computer is plugged into your phone line and dials a telephone number. It keeps your telephone line busy and is the slowest form of connection.
Broadband internet connectionA broadband connection is fast and allows you to use your phone and be on the internet at the same time. You can shop around for cheap ‘bundles’ of services, ie all your television‚ internet and phone services from one provider. There are different types of broadband connection to the internet:
When using the internet‚ you must ensure the security of your personal details and the safety of your computer from viruses – computer programs on the internet designed to access your computer without your consent. There are several free anti-virus programs that allow only safe content from the internet onto your computer.
Once you are connected‚ try the BBC Computer Tutor – a useful online guide to using a keyboard‚ mouse and computer screen.
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