Cyber Surfing Tips

A Top source for info. on the Internet

    Bookmark Tell A Friend

1. Become familiar with your computer and how it works.

Knowing how to use your browser, keyboard, and mouse is important in order to navigate cyberspace more easily.

There are many inexpensive books and literature available to provide help for anyone, from rank beginner to more advanced cybertechs.

There is a lot of helpful information available free online, as well,that you can print and read at your leisure.

2. A printer is a must. If you don't think you need one, think again. It's not an option.

3. Learn how to use search engines so you can locate all those important pieces of data that are so dear to you and your family.

4. Use your bookmarks. Mark favorite places online and those you'd like to visit again so you can return to those sites that are of special interest to you.

5. Familiarize yourself completely with how to use your DELETE options. You will probably use them every single time you use your computer.

6. Always spell check outgoing emails. Nothing looks worse -- or less professional -- than a bunch misspelled words.

7. "Lurk" (read messages without responding) for awhile when joining a news group or chat room. Try to understand the topic of discussion, as well as getting to know the people participating.

8. Be polite and practice good cyberetiquette. If you don't know the proper rules of etiquette for a particular situation, pick up a book about that, too. You'll be glad you did, and so will those who come in contact with you.

9. Avoid insulting or offensive remarks (called flames). If you get flamed, don't return the fire. Do your best to ignore the offender.

10. Writing in all upper case letters is considered SHOUTING.

==> Dealing with Spam

First off, I hope you realize that I'm not talking about lunch meat. Cyberspam is another term for unsolicited commercial email.

My personal definition is ANY unsolicited email. Spam is a fact of life on the Internet. It can't be eliminated, but it's annoyance factor can be minimized.

The easiest thing to do from the beginning of your time online, however, is to accept the fact that you ARE going to receive your fair share of unsolicited email, just like everyone else does.

It's like opening your mailbox at the end of your driveway and finding it full of junk mail.

You don't necessarily like it, but do you go stomping into the house cursing heaven knows what, then call the post office with a bomb threat if they don't stop sending you this junk? Of course not. You throw the junk in the trash, or at the least in the neighbor's yard, and that's the end of it. Right? (Unless your neighbor sees you.)

I know there is nothing worse than checking your email to find your box full of all these great offers that are going to make you rich, or teach you what a fool you've been for paying Uncle Sam taxes all these years.

The bottom line is, it's junk mail just like Ed MacMahon sends out every year... the only difference is, he has to pay postage to get it to your mailbox and Cyberspammers can do it free with the click of a mouse. (I bet that makes Ed irate.)

But my whole point is -- remember the delete option. You can make spam trash just as quick as it was born. And really, it's easier than disposing of junk mail, you don't have to buy plastic bags.

As when entering any new culture, following the accepted mores will help ensure that your first encounters with Cyberspace are exciting and adventuresome and will minimize the heartaches and hassles you may face as you learn to navigate the Net. Above all, relax and enjoy!

Doug Keller is the publisher of Business to Build Ezine, a "Guide for Helping Internet Newbies Make Money Online." Subscribe at or mailto:

Print This Page