The Internet is a system architecture that has transformed communications and business by allowing computer networks all over the world to communicate. The Internet, sometimes known as a “network of networks,” first appeared in the United States in the 1970s but did not become widely known until the early 1990s. It was anticipated that by 2020, nearly 4.5 billion individuals, or more than half of the world’s population, would have Internet connectivity.
The Internet provides a capability so powerful and broad that it may be used for nearly any information-based purpose, and it is available to anybody who connects to one of its constituent networks. It facilitates human contact through social media, electronic mail (e-mail), “chat rooms,” newsgroups, and audio and video transmission, and it enables individuals to collaborate in a variety of settings. The Internet has spawned a huge and growing number of “e-businesses” (including subsidiaries of traditional “brick-and-mortar” corporations) that conduct the majority of their sales and services through the Internet.
The word internet was used as early as 1849, meaning interconnected or interwoven. The word Internet was used in 1974 as the shorthand form of Internetwork. Today, the term Internet most commonly refers to the global system of interconnected computer networks, though it may also refer to any group of smaller networks.
Benefits of the Internet include:
Access to endless information, knowledge and education.
An increased ability to communicate, connect and share.
The ability to work from home, collaborate and access a global workforce.
The chance to sell and make money as a business or individual.
Access to an unlimited supply of entertainment sources, such as movies, music, videos and games.
The ability to save data and easily share files with cloud storage.
The ability to monitor and control personal accounts instantly, such as bank accounts or credit card bill
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