- 1 How Did the Internet Start?
- 2 How Do I Know What’s Real and Fake?
- 3 How Do I Stay Safe Online?
- 4 How Do I Find Great Deals?
- 5 What are Internet Trolls?
- 6 What’s the Best Way to Learn Online?
- 7 Questions Galore! You’re One Search Away
What You Wanted to Know about the Internet (But Were Too Shy to Ask) is all right here.
You know when you’ve known someone long enough that you feel weird not knowing their name?
How you’re kind of at that point where you’re in too deep to ask out of embarrassment and shyness?
There are a lot of people like that when it comes to the internet.
Here’s this life-changing resource a lot of people don’t really understand.
They have questions but aren’t about to go asking their kids and friends.
You can view Key Internet Stats for 2019.
Read on to learn the answers to those things you wanted to know about the internet (but were too shy to ask).
How Did the Internet Start?
The U.S. Department of Defense experimented with an early form of what we now call the internet via the ARPANET.
This ushered the protocols allowing data transmissions between networks.
By the 1990s, Tim Berners-Lee helped bring about the World Wide Web, and the rest is history.
How Do I Know What’s Real and Fake?
There’s a lot of disinformation on the internet because there’s no real accountability.
You’ve likely heard the term “Fake News” lately as a result.
Your best bet to know what’s real/fake is checking the cited sources (links) to see where the original data, quotes, and information came from.
How Do I Get Content to Load Faster?
There are a few tweaks like blocking ads to reduce page bloat or using a faster Web browser.
But, honestly, to get good internet speed, you need to pay a little extra.
Consider upgrading to broadband services (usually 40-100mbps).
Though, do consider your needs like what media you consume to balance the costs.
How Do I Stay Safe Online?
There are a couple of ways:
Don’t trust everything you read on the web.
Hover over links and avoid them if they seem fishy
Install ad blockers, internet antivirus, and firewalls
Don’t respond to offers that seem too good to be true.
Don’t download anything randomly attached to emails.
Regularly change your passwords and authenticators.
Keep your computer updated and patched at all times.
If you have a feeling, the site doesn’t “feel right” then back out ASAP.
If you have kids, be sure to monitor them to help protect their privacy!
How Do I Find Great Deals?
A big attraction to the web is finding awesome deals.
There are several sites that’ll help like getting cashback offers or automatically searching for cheaper prices.
Try a site like CamelCamelCamel to set up deals alerts, use Ebates for cashback on almost everything you buy online, and SlickDeals for those hidden gems that go on sale.
What are Internet Trolls?
An internet “troll” is someone trying to get a rise out of you for entertainment.
These individuals usually use a mix of sarcasm and baiting to disrupt your day.
Or, they’ll use racism and aggressive behavior to cause alarm and distress.
It’s hard avoiding internet trolls because they’re everywhere. Y
ou can avoid some by ignoring comments, social media conversations, or by simply not responding to them.
What’s the Best Way to Learn Online?
Several sites are a hotbed for learning just about anything:
… or any combination when searching for “Your Topic” + “Tutorial” or “Guide.”
Open a few tabs from different sources and compare the scope of the post.
Then, dig right in and learn!
How Can I Make Money Online?
Can you make money online?
Certainly, tons of people are doing it through a variety of ways — like:
Blogging (like MommysMemorandum!)
The easiest way is to sell your stuff online through sites like eBay or Craigslist.
Flipping stuff you find at yard sales or thrift stores is a good start.
This will teach you the basics which you could use to source products and potentially open an online store!
Another easy way would have to be creating a portfolio site and offering your services.
These services could be the very same ones you use at work!
Questions Galore! You’re One Search Away
It’s easy to take technology for granted and at face value.
We enjoy using our phones and computers because they “just work.”
But, it’s a complex system worth exploring even if you’re not a geeky-type!
You’re always one search query away from learning anything you want.
So, spend some time using the net as it was intended: for research and sharing information.