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Voiceover: This program is made possible with the support and collaboration of Pfizer Oncology.
Now we’re going to review a few Internet basics to help you get started and to identify informative websites and resources.
Let’s begin with understanding how you get online.
Your tool for accessing websites and resources is called an Internet “browser.” A browser is your entryway to the Internet, and it is what you will use to get online.
Whether it’s Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or another type of browser, your computer or laptop should have one installed already. Chances are, you arrived at these videos by clicking on a link or typing a web address—also known as a URL—into a browser.
Typically, your browser can be found on your desktop or in the applications folder of your computer.
Another term that we will use throughout this series is “profile.” That’s a term for the account that you set up to utilize a website’s services. To create most online profiles, you simply fill out a form – you usually need an email address and a password to get started.
In some cases, you will be asked to create a username. This is a ‘name’ you create that uniquely identifies you. For example, I may use QuincyP1998 as my username when logging in.
Here are some tips for creating and storing passwords:
Once you’ve learned how to get online easily and set up a profile, a key tool to use is the patient portal. Patient portals vary depending on where you get your care.
Basically, a patient portal is set up through your doctor’s office or medical center and gives you access to your health information.
Depending on your patient portal, you may be able to do the following:
Often, the person at the front desk–or even your nurse–can provide you access and help get you up and running.
It’s also important to know how to stay safe online, especially when you are sharing personal information. Let’s discuss a few types of websites:
Online information is never a substitute for medical advice. It’s best to consult with your doctor about what you’ve learned.
And you should be wary of any site that makes bold claims about curing your health condition. Typically, these sites are also endorsing or selling a product. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Good point, Quincy! Another red flag is when a site asks for your social security number or credit card information. Submitting this information shouldn’t be necessary to accessing information about your health.
And as you get more comfortable online, a good rule of thumb is to start small.
So, to recap:
We know we’ve covered a lot. Remember, you can always re-watch any of these videos to help you along the way.
Next up, we’ll put these tools to work and give you tips to help you build an online support community that can be there for you throughout your health journey.