How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition


book cover
How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
By Preston Gralla, Michael Troller
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Publisher: Que
Pub Date: November 27, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-7897-3626-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3626-0
Pages: 432
 

Table of Contents  | Index
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Simple, clear explanations walk you through every technology

Detailed explanations walk you through the technology.

The Internet has changed the world... and, with everything from blogs to podcasts, Internet phones to video, it's still changing the world. Now, it's easy to understand how it all works! This book's big, brilliant, full-color illustrations and clear explanations make it all incredibly simple!

DISCOVER HOW THE INTERNET REALLY WORKS... IT'S AMAZINGLY EASY!

This new edition has been completely updated for today's hottest Internet technologies, Web connections, hardware, communications and entertainment services, and much more!

•    See how the Internet can deliver any kind of information, anywhere: web pages, email, music, video, phone calls, and more!

•    Understand the most exciting new Internet technologies, from blogs and podcasting to wikis and BitTorrent

•    Discover how your connection to the Internet works... wireless, cable modem, DSL, even cellphones

•    Go behind the scenes with today's most sophisticated websites, applications, and services

•    Protect yourself from the latest Internet dangers, including phishing, web surveillance, and wireless hacking 

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including How the Internet Works, Complete Idiot's Guide to Internet Privacy and Security, Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Your Child Online, and How Wireless Works. He has written

frequently about security issues, computer technology, the Internet, and has been a columnist for many magazines, websites

and newspapers.



book cover
How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
By Preston Gralla, Michael Troller
...............................................
Publisher: Que
Pub Date: November 27, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-7897-3626-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3626-0
Pages: 432
 

Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   About The Author
   Acknowledgments
   We Want to Hear from You!
   Reader Services
   Introduction
    Part 1:  Understanding the Internet's Underlying Architecture
          Chapter 1.  What Is the Internet?
      How the Internet Comes Together
      An Internet Timeline
          Chapter 2.  How Computer Networks Send Data Across the Internet
      How Networks Talk with Each Other
      How Networks Link to the Internet
          Chapter 3.  How TCP/IP Works
      How the Internet's Basic TCP/IP Protocols Work
      How IPv6 Works
          Chapter 4.  Understanding the Internet's Software Structure
      How Client/Server Architecture Works
          Chapter 5.  How Internet Addresses and Domains Work
      Understanding Internet Addresses and Domains
      How Domain Name System Servers Work
      How Static and Dynamic IP Addresses Work
      How Network Address Translation Works
          Chapter 6.  How Routers Work
      How Routers Send Data to Their Destination
    Part 2:  Connecting to the Internet
          Chapter 7.  How Computers Connect to the Internet
      How America Online Connects to the Internet
      Connecting Your Computer to the Internet
      How a Modem Makes Its Connection
      How DSL Makes Its High-Speed Connection
          Chapter 8.  How Internet/Television Connections Work
      How Cable Modems Work
      How Internet-Enhanced TV Works
      How IPTV Works
          Chapter 9.  How Wireless Connections and WiFI Work
      How to Access the Internet via a Satellite Connection
      How Cell Phones Access the Internet
      How Bluetooth Works
      How Wireless (WiFi) Networks Work
      How Public Wireless Hot Spots Work
      How WiMax Works
          Chapter 10.  How Home Networks Work
      How Home Networks Let You Share Your Internet Connection
      How a Wireless Media and Music Server Works
    Part 3:  Communicating on the Internet
          Chapter 11.  How Email Works
      How Email Is Delivered Over the Internet
      How Email Software Works
      How a Mailing List Works
      How Email Is Sent Between Networks
      How BlackBerries Deliver Email
      How White Page Directories (LDAP) Work
      How Encryption Can Keep Email Private
          Chapter 12.  How Email Spam Works
      How Email Spam Is Sent
      How Email Spam Is Blocked
          Chapter 13.  How Newsgroups Work
      How Usenet Works
          Chapter 14.  How Internet Chat and Instant Messaging Work
      How IRC Works
      How Instant Messaging Works
      How Chat Rooms Throw a Party
          Chapter 15.  How Skype and VoIP Work
      How VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Works
      How Skype Works
          Chapter 16.  How Blogging and RSS Work
      How Blogging Works
      How RSS Works
    Part 4:  How the World Wide Web Works
          Chapter 17.  How Web Pages Work
      How the World Wide Web Works
      How Web Pages Are Organized on a Website
      How Websites Are Constructed
          Chapter 18.  How Web Browsers Work
      How a Web Browser Works
      What Common Browser Error Messages Mean
          Chapter 19.  How Markup Languages Work
      How HTML Works
      How Dynamic HTML Works
      How XML Works
      How AJAX Works
          Chapter 20.  How Hypertext Works
      How Hyperlinks Work
          Chapter 21.  How URLs Work
      How URLs Are Structured
      How URLs Help Retrieve Web Documents
          Chapter 22.  How Image Maps and Interactive Forms Work
      How Image Maps Work
      How Interactive Forms Work
          Chapter 23.  How Web Host Servers Work
      How Web Server Software Works
          Chapter 24.  How Websites Work with Databases
      How the Web Works with Databases
          Chapter 25.  How .NET and Web Services Work
      Understanding .NET and Web Services
          Chapter 26.  How Grid Computing Works
      Understanding How Grid Computing Works
    Part 5:  Using the World Wide Web
          Chapter 27.  How Internet Searching Works
      How Internet Search Engines Work
      How Meta-Search Software Works
          Chapter 28.  How Google Works
      How Google Searches the Internet
      What Google Knows About You
          Chapter 29.  How Map Sites Work
      How Map Sites Work
      How Google Earth Works
          Chapter 30.  How Wikis and the Wikipedia Work
      How the Wikipedia Works
    Part 6:  Using Common Internet Tools
          Chapter 31.  How Telnet Works
      Understanding Telnet
          Chapter 32.  How FTP Works
      How an FTP Session Works
      How File Compression Works
          Chapter 33.  How Agents Work
      Agents on the Internet
          Chapter 34.  How Java, ActiveX, and JavaScript Work
      How Java Works
      How ActiveX Works
      How JavaScript Works
          Chapter 35.  How CGI Scripting Works
      Understanding CGI Scripting
    Part 7:  Enjoying Entertainment and Multimedia on the Internet
          Chapter 36.  How Music and Audio Work on the Internet
      How RealPlayer Streaming Audio Works
      How MP3 Music Files Work
      How Internet Radio Broadcasting Works
          Chapter 37.  How iPods, iTunes, and Podcasting Work
      How iPods Work
      How iTunes Works
      How Podcasting Works
          Chapter 38.  How Music Sharing and File Sharing Work
      How Peer-to-Peer Software Shares Files and Music
      How BitTorrent Works
          Chapter 39.  How Multicast IP and the MBone Work
      How Multicast IP Travels Along the MBone
          Chapter 40.  How Virtual Reality Is Created by VRML
      How Virtual Reality Is Created by VRML
          Chapter 41.  How Animation on the Web Works
      How Client Pull and Server Push Animation Work
      How Shockwave Works
      How Flash Works
    Part 8:  Shopping and Doing Business on the Internet
          Chapter 42.  How Intranets Work
      Using an Intranet Within a Company
      How Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Work
          Chapter 43.  Shopping on the Internet
      How Online Buying Works
      How Online Shopping Carts Work
      How eBay Sells Everything
    Part 9:  Protecting Yourself on the Internet
          Chapter 44.  How Firewalls Work
      How Corporate Firewalls Work
      How Personal Firewalls Work
      How Proxy Servers Work
          Chapter 45.  How Hackers Can Cripple the Internet and Attack Your PC
      How Smurf Attacks and DOS Attacks Work
      How Hackers Can Attack Your Computer
      How Email Viruses Travel in Your Email
      How Zombies and Bot Networks Work
      How Hackers Exploit Browsers
          Chapter 46.  The Dangers of Wireless Networking
      How War Drivers Invade Your Network
      How "Evil Twin" Hacks Work
      How Paris Hilton's Cell Phone Was Hacked
      How Wireless Network Protection Works
          Chapter 47.  How Viruses Work
      How Viruses Infect Computers
      How Worms Work
          Chapter 48.  How Internet Sites Can Invade Your Privacy
      How Cookies Work
      How Websites Track Your Activities
      How Web Bugs Can Invade Your Privacy
      How Internet Passports Work
          Chapter 49.  The Dangers of Spyware and Phishing
      How Spyware Works
      Following the Spyware Money Trail
      How Phishing Works
      Following the Phishing Money Trail
      How to Protect Against Spyware
          Chapter 50.  Cryptography, Privacy, and Digital Certificates
      How Cryptosystems Work
      How Digital Certificates Ensure Internet Security
          Chapter 51.  How Government and Workplace Surveillance Work
      How the National Security Agency's Echelon Spy System Works
      How the FBI's Carnivore System Invaded Your Privacy
      How Internet Workplace Surveillance Works
          Chapter 52.  Parental Controls on the Internet
      How Parental Controls Work
   Glossary
   Index