The Internet is an enormous network linking millions of home and corporate computers and networks together and runs on a protocol called TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). It was created in 1983 and grew rapidly beyond its largely academic origin into an increasingly commercial and popular medium.
The original uses of the Internet were to be able to control computers remotely if a nuclear war was ever happen. The World Wide Web also know as WWW, which enables simple and intuitive navigation of Internet sites through a graphical interface, and it also gives users access to a vast array of documents that are connected to each other by means of hypertext or hypermedia links--i.e., hyperlinks, electronic connections that link related pieces of information in order to allow a user easy access to them. People can use the internet for a large variety of things like E-mail which lets you send text messages, imagines, videos, sounds and html code as well.
E-mail is very good way to show powerful and useful the internet can be to people with just a computer and some sort of internet connection, people can To be able to access the Internet the following components are needed: Hardware: Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A Computer and Modem or Broadband connection, to be able to access a server that connects to the Internet.
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A Server to allow a user to access the net.
Software: Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The operating system and the software that connects the user to be able to use the internet.
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Server operating system specially designed to run as a server some common ones are Linux, BSDfree and windows 2000 Server edition.
People: Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Are those who uses the internet Ã¢ÂÂ¢ And also those who operate it.
Procedures: Are the steps to connect to the Internet Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Dial Up to the internet or if you have Broadband you are already connected to the internet.
Data: Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Are those who enter the data onto the internet browser to let other people access it.
The advantages of the internet are: That you can chat with an enormous number of people and friends with no cost except the cost of connection to the internet.
You have an unlimited number of resources to help you with anything you need.
You have the latest and most up to date information and news you can be offered.
Have update drivers and software updates which help you solve bugs.
Live footage to a large number of things.
It's the Easiest way to access a lot of knowledge that sometimes isn't available in some countries.
Remote work is other advantage that the Internet brings us. In the future (in some countries actually) people could work remotely from their houses, reducing cost due to workers don't consume enterprise's resources (but the success will depend of changes in organization's planning).
Online shopping is a large advantage of the internet because people can buy quickly and for a lower price then in a store. Also online shopping reduces managements cost, doing this makes it profitable for Businesses.
Internet also changes the way how Enterprises makes Business. Today Businesses can have a near relationship with suppliers and customers over the internet. Suppliers and Customers have access via Internet about inventories and also can trace orders. It becomes a competitive advantage for a business. Technologies like B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C (Business-to-customers) have appeared and Internet is the base for them.
A benefit exploded Business-to-customers relationship is the possibility of learn more about customers tendencies and requirements. With on-line catalogs, on-line shopping's and tools like CRM (Customer Relationship Management) we can analyze what kinds of products the visitors usually look for or shop. It brings to business capabilities to make e-Marketing with the customers and have a higher customization level.
The Disadvantages of the internet are: People can hack you and destroy your files and work if you're not secured properly by firewalls and other anti hack software.
You may download a virus infected file which will infect your program files and may spread to your friends and co workers computers which will destroy or modify your documents and system files.
If you buy from an unknown online store then your credit card and privacy may be compromised and used with out your permission.
Some people use the internet to distribute illegal copies of software aka WAREZ which is big problem and has a big impact of the sales of information technology software.