The Internet is an integral part of our every day lives. But if you are new to the online experience, it may be a bit overwhelming. So what exactly is the Internet, and how does it work?
In the early days, most people just used the Internet to search for information. Today's Internet is a constantly evolving tool that not only contains an amazing variety of information but that also provides new ways of accessing, interacting and connecting with people and content.
Here are a few common terms you might encounter online today:
The Internet is the largest computer network in the world, connecting millions of computers. A network is a group of two or more computer systems linked together.
When most people think of the Internet, the first thing they think about is the World Wide Web. Nowadays, the terms "Internet" and "World Wide Web" are often usted interchangeably, but they are actually not the same thing.
To get to a webpage, you can type the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) into a browser. The URL, also known as the web address, tells the browser exactly where to find the page. However, most of the time, people get to a webpage by following a link from a different page or by searching for the page using a search engine.