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In today’s Computer Science class, We will be discussing Internet Benefits and Misuse. We hope you enjoy the class!
INTERNET BENEFITS AND MISUSE
Benefits of the Internet
The benefits of the internet are as follows:
The internet gives you access to information on any subject of your interest. This makes the internet a valuable research tool. Most sources such as newspaper and magazines have websites and a number of them only exist online.
You can make use of the internet search facilities to research just about any topic you can think of. This information can help you with a school project, or a presentation at work. You can search for the data you need or go to specific research sites.
E-MAIL (electronic mail):
Electronic mails enable us to exchange message with people around the world, including friends, family members, colleagues, customers and even people you meet on the internet. E-mail is an exciting feature of the internet as we can send and receive message over long distances. It is also fast, easy and inexpensive.
The internet offers many different forms of entertainment, such as radio and television broadcast, video and music. You can find a picture of the latest film, watch live interviews of your favourite celebrities and listen to music before it is available in stores.
You can find thousands of programs that can be used on your computer, such as word processors, drawing programs, games and accounting programs.
You can order products on the internet while sitting at home. You can purchase items such as books, flowers, music, CDs, pizzas, stock and used cars.
Chat features allow you to exchange typed message with another person on the internet. The message you send will instantly appear on the other person’s computer. You can chat with a person or a group at the same time.
You can use the internet to find financial sites that enable you to do your banking and investing online. Banking online is much more convenient and much less time consuming than doing it in person. Online banking is extremely secure because all modern browsers support robust security protocol which ensures that your financial data remains safe.
E-learning is a training or education program by electronic means. It involves the use of a computer or an electronic device (laptop) to provide training on educational technology as a tool for learning. Distant education can be done by e-learning.
Misuse of the Internet
Internet abuse refers to improper use of the internet and may include:
Computer Crime – or cybercrime:
It is any crime that involves a computer and a network. Use of computers for criminal activity.
Use of the internet to bully and intimidate. The use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner.
Is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same website. Sending of unwanted advertising messages.
Software designed to harm a user’s computer, including computer viruses. Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency.
Other ways of Abuse include:
- You can get harassing/threatening messages from people or from stalkers.
- It is very easy to find sites that promote hatred, violence, drug, sex, and other things not appropriate for children.
- There is no restriction on marketing products, such as alcohol, tobacco to children on the internet.
- Pornographic sites are easily found on the internet instead of it being restricted.
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