The Internet began as a military network called ARPANet. It was designed as a communication system that could withstand nuclear attacks or other major calamities. The government agencies that created ARPANet wanted a widespread network that allows any functional computers to fully communicate even if other computers connected to the same network had stopped working or lost their connection.
The Internet today still maintains this absolutely indispensable characteristic of being able to maintain communications between widespread computers, even if any of the computers are not functioning. However, it is no longer on a national scale. The Internet now maintains perpetual functionality on a global scale.
The Internet is no longer the exclusive realm of technical geeks and students. Even as you read this, the life of the average person is being affected in many positive ways by the "Information Superhighway." Additionally, E-commerce is now having a significant and positive impact on the world economy, signifying that it is indeed here to stay. News and other information can now circulate the globe in seconds. The Internet as we know it today can be a priceless source of information for the average citizen.
The Internet places an amazing and diverse offering of resources at the fingertips of the online community.
Whenever you make use of resources on the Internet, your Internet software communicates with remote servers all over the world, each of which has its own unique address.
The Internet can be extremely useful and beneficial; unfortunately, the Internet also has a dark side. If not careful, people can easily stumble onto the dark side of the Internet and maybe even find themselves in danger.
Common sense must be used on the Internet, just as it is in other situations. In an everyday face-to-face situation, you would not give personal information to any business or establishment that appears strange, shadowy, or lacking legitimacy. That same rule applies on the Internet.
On the Internet, there are no laws against selling or promoting offensive material that anyone, including children, can easily stumble onto. Therefore, it is extremely wise to supervise children when they are using the Internet.
At times, you may want to download files from the Internet. It is possible to get computer viruses from files downloaded from the Internet. So, before downloading, you need to have virus software installed on your computer. Most major computer retailers sell virus software.
Since new computer viruses are always being discovered and most proliferate
through the Internet, be sure to keep your virus software updated per the