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Surfing the Internet by Jean Armour Polly is a comprehensive guide that delves into the intricacies of the online world. Polly's expertise in the subject shines through, making it a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced internet users.

From the very beginning, Polly emphasizes the importance of understanding the internet and its potential. She skillfully guides readers through the fundamentals, such as how to set up an internet connection, navigate websites, and effectively use search engines. Her explanations are clear and concise, ensuring that even those with limited technical knowledge can follow along.

What sets Surfing the Internet apart is its focus on not just internet usage, but also internet safety. Polly provides practical tips on protecting one's online identity, avoiding scams and viruses, and using encryption tools for secure communication. This aspect of the book is particularly relevant in today's world, where online threats have become increasingly prevalent.

Moreover, Polly goes beyond the basics and delves into more advanced topics. She discusses the history of the internet and its evolution, providing readers with a contextual understanding of its current state. The inclusion of case studies and real-life examples makes the book engaging and allows readers to connect the theoretical concepts with practical applications.

Despite its thoroughness, Surfing the Internet is written in a conversational tone that makes it easy to comprehend. Polly's writing style is engaging and relatable, making the book an enjoyable read rather than a dense technical manual. Her passion for the subject is evident throughout, motivating readers to explore the internet further and embrace its vast potential.

One minor drawback of the book is that it was published in 1996, which means that some of the information may be outdated. However, the core principles and fundamental knowledge presented by Polly are still applicable, making this book an excellent starting point for understanding the internet even today.

In conclusion, Surfing the Internet by Jean Armour Polly is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to navigate the online world confidently. It offers a comprehensive overview of internet usage, safety, and the history of the internet. Polly's expertise and engaging writing style make this book a must-read for both beginners and seasoned internet users alike.

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Surfing the INTERNET: an Introduction Version 2.0.2 December 15, 1992

c. 1992 Jean Armour Polly. Material quoted from other authors was compiled from public Internet posts by those authors. No copyright claims are made for those compiled quotes. Permission to reprint is granted for nonprofit educational purposes. Please let me know if you find this compilation useful. This first (much shorter) version of this appeared in the June, 1992 Wilson Library Bulletin. Please include this entire copyright/copy notice if you duplicate this document. Updates may be ftp'd:

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