The Internet

Introduction

The internet can't be bought or owned by an individual, the way a computer or a software programme can. It is made up of millions of computers connected to each other, all around the world, constantly sharing, swapping and storing information. This section covers simple ways of getting the most out of the internet. It will also introduce you to some of the basic security precautions that you should follow in order to use the internet safely.

After reading this chapter, you should understand:

  • How to connect to the internet
  • How bandwidth affects what you can do on the internet
  • How to use these tools effectively and safely:
    • browsers
    • search engines
    • online applications
    • social networking
    • email
    • instant messaging and VOIP
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