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Learning Portal - Learning Online: Internet


In this module, you will learn essential information to help you master using the internet, selecting and using web browsers, and using email. The links on this page will open in a new tab/window.

Top Tips 

✓ Check who you are replying to. Make sure you are not choosing "Reply All" when a reply to a single person is what is required/intended, especially when replying with personal/sensitive information.

✓ Beware of malicious links. Beware of links, especially from spam emails. Check that the connection is secure before entering personal information on a website.

✓ Set your internet privacy settings to maintain browsing security. Privacy settings allow you to manage things like cookies, pop-ups, and downloads and minimize the amount of malicious activity on your browser.

✓ Only download files from places you trust. While there are many cool and useful things available to download, there are also risky or malicious files. Only download files from reputable websites.

✓ Beware of phishing emails. Be careful with emails that ask you for your passwords, security codes, banking email, and any other critical information, as they may be phishing scams.

Internet and Communication Basics

Internet Basics

These guides will help you familiarize yourself with some of the basics of the internet.

What is the Internet?

What is the cloud?

Downloading and opening files from the Internet

Using Email

Email is the most common method of communication on the internet. These guides will help you learn some of the basics of using email.

→ Introduction to Email

→ Email Etiquette and Safety

→ Introduction to Gmail

→ How to Attach Media Files to an Email

→ Email Etiquette for Students (video)

Internet Security by Algonquin College 

Internet Security Settings by Algonquin College from 2016

Web Browsers

General Guides

Web browsers are software used to view web pages. Below are guides to some of the most popular web browsers. Most websites are designed to work in Chrome or Firefox, so if a website does not work in one, try the other.

→ Using a Web Browser

→ How to Bookmark/Favourite a Website

Google Chrome

Chrome is a free web browser developed by Google. Click here to download Chrome.

These guides will familiarize you with using this browser.

→ Getting Started with Google Chrome

→ Managing Tabs in Chrome

→ Saving and Opening Bookmarks in Chrome

→ Printing from Google Chrome

→ Pop-ups in Chrome

→ Privacy Settings in Chrome

→ Clearing Browser History in Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla and is available for download for free on the Firefox website. These guides will familiarize you with this browser.

→ Getting Started with Firefox

→ Using and Managing Tabs in Firefox

→ Saving and Opening Bookmarks in Firefox

→ Printing from Firefox

→ Pop-ups in Firefox

→ Clearing Browser History in Firefox

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