Who has not heard of the Internet? Neither! Unless, of course, you’ve been living in a cave for the last decade! The Internet is the greatest achievement of the information age (which is what we call the age in which we live). It has completely revolutionized how we communicate and how we live.
But what exactly is it that we call the Internet? Simply put, the Internet is the interconnection of computers around the world. It enables users of these computers to communicate in various ways: through email, real-time conferencing, website information, file sharing, and more.
To connect to the Internet, you will need a computer and a connection to an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Your ISP will provide you with a connection and the means to connect to the Internet.
The Internet began as a project of the ARPANET (Agency for Advanced Research Projects of the US Department of Defense), which was commissioned by the Pentagon to investigate the uses of networks for military purposes in 1960. From there, The Internet was constantly developed to benefit the entire population.
At first, the Internet could only operate at a low data transfer speed. Today, ISPs offer speeds from 56 kilobytes per second to 10 megabytes per second or more! This allows people to transfer more data, facilitating better communication.
The Internet has such an impact on our daily lives that it has become essential for many people and companies.
1. Email: Gone are the days when people had to wait weeks or even months for postal mail! With the Internet, you can send an email and get to your destination instantly! Emails have made the world a smaller place, allowing people separated by great distances to correspond.
2. Instant messaging, chat rooms: Services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and Skype allow people to send messages instantly, as in a telephone conversation, but using written messages. There are also “virtual rooms” on the Internet provided by services developed for this reason. These “rooms” allow many users to converse through written messages.
3. Web pages: Web pages are like virtual homes on the Internet. They allow people to post documents on the internet that are easy to navigate and navigate. With the passage of time, web pages have gained more functionality. Today you can download files, submit files and comments, and do all of your shopping online.
Websites serve many functions: some promote business, some are purely informational, and some become vehicles for making money. The Internet generated what we now call electronic commerce. It is about making purchases over the Internet. You can even use online payment methods like PayPal, Paydot, and other methods.
4. File sharing and streaming services: The Internet also supports file sharing. This allows you to share files with other users. These files can be large or small. Streaming services allow you to receive data such as radio broadcasts or even video broadcasts over the Internet.
A brave new world
In the past, the Internet was limited to large institutions. Now home internet has become more affordable. Today’s technology even allows mobile internet! You can browse the Internet from a mobile device, such as a cell phone, or you can browse from your laptop in areas that offer Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). The Internet makes instant communication with the rest of the world possible. In the coming years we will see much more.