The Internet Explained
Alternatively referred to as the net or web, the Internet was initially developed to aid in the progress of computing technology by linking all the best academic computer centers. The Internet as we know it today first started being developed in the late 1960's with the start of ARPANET and transmitted its first message on Friday, October 29, 1969. In 1993, the Internet experienced one of its largest growths to date and today is accessible by people all over the world. The Internet that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope.
The Internet contains billions of web pages created by people and companies from around the world, making it a limitless place to locate information and entertainment. Internet also carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-inked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), e-mail, telephony, and file sharing.
The Internet basics
- The Internet and the WWW are not the same things.
- The Internet utilizes the TCP/IP protocol and is accessed using a computer modem, broadband, 3G, 4G, or network that is connected through an ISP.
- In the case of broadband, many computers and devices use Wi-Fi to connect to a router that is connected to the ISP.
- The Internet is explored, which is more commonly referred to as surfing, using a browser.
- Finding information on the Internet is achieved by using a search engine.
- Users browse websites and web pages by following hyperlinks that point to an address more commonly referred to as a URL.
- Files, pictures, songs, and video can be shared by downloading (receiving) and uploading (sending).
- The Internet is also used for communicating with others through social networks, online games, forums, chat, e-mails, IM, and VoIP.