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Internet 101
The Internet is an evolving, ever-changing entity that has become much more than just an avenue for research. The scope of this page is to show you where you can get more information on the subject. The very first thing you must understand is that it is composed of links. A link connects you to another page. Most links are underlined. So if it's underlined, go ahead and click on it. Keep in mind that some web designers choose to disable the underline feature in their code.

There are many resources available on the Internet about how to use it and what it's all about. There is a web site devoted specifically to the subject. Its called Internet and is a good starting point which provides information on using the Internet.

Another good source of information is Microsoft's Librarians' Index to the Internet. If you're trying to translate computer jargon into English, check out Don't miss the Beginner's Guide To Effective E-mail -- a good resource for e-mail information. Now here's some general information about the Internet.
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What is the Internet?

The Internet is the worlds largest and most widely used network. It is a collection of thousands and thousands of private and public networks connected to each other. Infrastructure allowed the Internet to become so large. Most communication lines were already in place. So people started to connect their own network to other networks. Now almost every corner of the world is connected to the Internet.

When you "surf the web" you are accessing web sites on someone else's server(computer) within their own network. Its like calling your friend on the phone in California, but instead, you are calling his/her web site and viewing it.

When you call someone, you need to use the telephone. When you surf the web, you need to use a computer with a modem and software to view web sites. Known as a browser. The two giants are Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer. You will also need a tool to read your e-mail, known as an e-mail client. There are many of these. Some of the more popular are Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora Light, and Netscape mail. Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Communicator come with built-in mail client. Go to our software library to get these. Back To Top

E-mail? Newsgroups?

What is e-mail? E-mail is the computer to computer exchange of messages. Electronic mail (e-mail) gives you a fast, inexpensive and efficient way to send information all over the world and to receive information through your very own e-mail mailbox, or "inbox". It can take the place of telephone calls, faxes, courier shipments, and traditional letter mail(snail mail). Use it to keep in touch with friends, family, and business contacts. More than 100 million people worldwide already do.

What are newsgroups? If your e-mail client is also a newsreader, you can use it to subscribe to, read messages from, and post messages to newsgroups. These are online discussions on practically any topic. Netscape and Internet Explorer both come with a built-in news reader. Back To Top

What to do!

Communicate and collaborate: Keep in touch with all your friends and business associates, send e-mail's to people all over the world. Attach documents to your e-mails or FTP (file transfer protocol) them to associates.

Access information: The Internet is bigger and better than ever before and there is much information out there on all subjects. Search documents, databases manuals, books and advertisements!

Participate in Discussions: More and more people get on the Internet every day so there are more and more people to talk to. Search the web for sites to participate in chat discussions on all sorts of subjects.

Obtain information: Transfer computer programs, cool graphics, animation's, or even videos! Do research for that school or work project. There is virtually endless amount of data out there and it's constantly changing.

Find Entertainment: Play interactive games with real people on the other side of the world with out even leaving your home. Find cool places to go in your city. Check movie times at the local theater or buy flowers for your sweetheart!

Business Transactions: Using the Internet for business purposes is safer than ever before! Bank online, advertise, sell and purchase goods(e-commerce). Back To Top

What NOT to do!

Viruses are a serious threat. Make sure that if you plan to surf the web, that you have an anti-virus program. DO NOT open any e-mails from people that you do not know. They may contain a virus. Also if an e-mail tells you to e-mail "this message" to a large number of people for whatever reason... most likely it is a hoaks or a virus.

Also try to avoid downloading software from vendors that you are not familiar with. Do research on them and find out their reputation BEFORE you download anything from them.

Do not shut off the PC while in the middle of a program or while on your desktop. When done working on your computer make sure that you close all programs and use the shut down feature - START | SHUTDOWN. This will give your computer a fresh start and not build up unwanted temp files.

Do not send unsolicited or unwanted e-mail. This is known as spam. Quite simply, any unwanted email is considered spam. Internet Junction has a strict SPAM policy and will not tolerate this behavior. Please review our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions. Spammers (those who send spam) know that people don't want to hear from them, and generally put fake return addresses on their messages so that they don't have to bear the cost of receiving responses from people to whom they've sent messages. They sometimes have a "remove" line in their e-mail stating that if you just reply back with "Remove" in the subject line, they'll stop sending you e-mail. DON'T DO IT! What you're doing is acknowledging that you in fact have a valid e-mail address. Then they'll sell your valid e-mail address to other lists and you'll be inundated with spam. Yes, it's confusing and frustrating but just part of the freedom of the Internet. There are some things you can do to fight spam, however. Visit this site to find out more. Another good SPAM resource is is a diverse anti-spam resource. Internet Junction has a team dedicated to fighting spam. We ask that you send all of your spam e-mails - as attachments - to They will review each one and take the appropriate action.

Also, sending large amounts of e-mail at one time is something you want to stay away from.
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Internet Benefits to Organizations

Reduces Communication Costs: Companies are finding that by using the Net to fulfill a range of their communication needs including lowering network management expenses, fax and telephone costs.

Enhances Communication and Coordination: The Internet has made it easier and less expensive for companies to coordinate small staffs when opening new markets.

Accelerating the Distribution of Knowledge: Organizations that are using the Internet have access to databases in key areas such as business, science, law and government. One lone researcher has access to endless amounts of data from all areas of the world.... otherwise too expensive and difficult to tap.

Electronic Commerce: With new security technologies it is able to allow business transactions to occur. Therefore allowing organizations to sell and promote their product on the Internet with extremely low overhead. Many companies only exist on the Internet such as eBay and Back To Top

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