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According to Internet World Stats, there are 3.8 billion people around the world who are connected to the internet. There are many things people don’t know about the origin of the internet. Some of those things are how the internet was developed, who owns it, and how we have access to it. Out of all the people using the internet, not many know how it came to be. The internet is bigger than you think. There has been also an increase in online shopping, social media, and hacking. The internet is vital to our daily lives because it’s used everywhere and it’s really useful. 
The government and agencies were the first ones to have access to the internet. The internet was created provide the government with information and help them accomplish special tasks with information. Then by the early 1990s, the National Science Foundation started opening Internet access for commercial use. Since then, the internet has grown a lot. “By the beginning of the 21st century, some experts estimated the number of hosts connected to the internet worldwide at something on the order of 100 million, but the total number of individual users and individual computers connected to those hosts was much larger.” (“Internet”). The internet has a long journey before it went public. The internet project dates back to the 1960s. This project started at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (“Internet”). It has become super powerful and vital to our daily lives. Almost everyone uses it every day and it everywhere in our daily lives. Our water systems, telephone lines, etc are connected to the internet. The early 1990s was when the internet exploded in popularity. That is “thanks largely to such developments as privatization and the introduction of the interlinked system of text and multimedia files known as the World Wide Web (WWW).” (“Internet”). Right after the internet creation, ARPA became a large source of funding in the computer science category. Today computer science is one of the highest paying jobs there is. The more internet devices there are then the more technology jobs are needed.
Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf are the founders of the internet. Both Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf were known as the “Fathers of the Internet”. “Robert Kahn is the co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and he was responsible for originating DARPA’s Internet program (Internet Hall of Fame).” Vint Cerf designed that TCP/IP protocols and whole architecture of the internet. They set up a system where nobody owns the internet. “In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet (Internet Hall of Fame)”. It’s a large physical infrastructure that connects all the networks. “The Internet depends on the use of standardized protocols that permit unlike computer systems to communicate with each other. They are a common, or open, standard; that is, they are not proprietary, or exclusive, to any one manufacturer. (Internet)” It became mainstream in the early 1990s.  
The internet has a semi-complex system. Networks and satellites send and maintain the internet’s information. Every machine connected to the internet has its own IP protocol. It identifies every device individually just like a home address.  “The Internet Protocol requires every machine connected to the Internet to have an IP address. An IP address is a sequence of numbers separated by dots—such as—that uniquely identifies a particular device. There are billions of IP addresses” (“Internet Protocol”). “Personal computers connected to the Internet have IP addresses, as do such mobile Internet-connected devices as tablets and smartphones. Internet-connected server computers run by businesses, governments, and scientific organizations have IP addresses as well. Much of the information on websites is stored on such server computers. Computers called Domain Name System (DNS) servers match a site’s domain name to the IP address of the machine on which the site is stored” (“Internet Protocol”). Wireless Internet access is the ability to connect to Internet services without the use of cables. The connection is instead established through radio signals. Such signals are carried by invisible waves of light called radio waves. Many electronic devices are designed for wireless Internet access. They include laptop and tablet computers, cell phones, and video game systems (“Wireless Internet Access”). Internet providers are companies that provide us with the internet. They own satellites and underground cables that transfer our internet. The more powerful the satellites are the longer distance they deliver our internet and faster. Modems are devices that let us connect to the internet. Most you reading this article may know what a modem is if you have home internet. It’s that little device that sits or hangs somewhere in your house that gives you internet. “In addition to file transfer, remote user login, text-based e-mail, access to the Web, and Web searching, the Internet also offers multimedia e-mail, instant messaging, telephony and video telephony, multimedia teleconferencing, “push” information services” (“Internet”).
The internet has come a long way from the beginning of its beginning. According to, the internet had 130 websites in 1993, then 100k three years later in 1996, now we go up to 2012 and there are 634 million websites. says that as of today there are at least 4.53 billion web pages on the internet. The first email was sent on 1971 and as of 2012 there 297 Billion emails sent daily. When Google first released in 1998 there were around 9.8k searches a day approximately 3.6 million annually. Now there are over 3 billion searches a day as of 2012. That’s around 1.2 trillion searches annually. Heres a quick timeline of the internet. In 1969, the US military’s help fund Arpanet which helps connect the and deliver information (the original internet). In 1984, it was renamed the “internet” when it connected 1,000 computers in universities and corporate labs. In 1998, the internet had 50 million users (around 25 million servers). In 2009, the internet had 1 billion users which were around 440 million computers. In 2012, 2.1 billion users were using the internet. As of 2013, there are more than 2.7 billion users using the internet. By all of this information, you can see that internet is growing fast (“The Internet”).
As internet modernizes so does technology. Back then computers used to be the size of a one-story house, then the size of a room, and then the size of your desk. But now computers fit in your pockets and the palm of your hands. Making it more accessible to stay connected to the web anywhere you go. In 1973, Motorola released the first cell phone. In 1978, the first analog phone moved into North America. in 1993, IBM introduced the first all in one device. It was called the IBM Simon. It was a mobile phone, pager, fax machine, and PDA. In 2001, 3G was launched. That is the internet most of your cellphones have. In 2007, there were 395 billion people on the 3G networks worldwide. Then recently in 2009, 4G was released which is faster than 3G networks (“The Internet”).
Online shopping and social media have also grown a lot. In 2002 there was a total of $72 billion dollars of online sales. As of 2012, there was $225.5 billion of online sales. As for social media, Facebook and YouTube have been dominating the internet since their launches. Facebook launched in 2004. The social media page reached 200 million users in 2009. Then they reached 400 million users in 2010. As of now, there are over 1 billion users using Facebook. There are around 7 billion pieces of content shared weekly. YouTube has 1 billion daily users. 2009 was when they first reached 1 billion daily video views. They reached 2 billion daily views in 2011. In 2012 the music video “Gangnam Style” was the first video to reach 1 billion views. There are 72 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube. In 2013, YouTube became the number 2 search engine. There are also more than 4 billion hours of videos watched every month (“The Internet”). Times have changed in the internet usage. It changes a lot from one year to another. In 2012 there were 1.3 billion worldwide subscribers but in 2013 there were 6.8 billion worldwide subscribers. In 2012 only 500 megabytes of data traffic came from smartphone users but in 2013 25% of YouTube views came from mobile devices.
Water systems, security cameras, traffic lights, smart cars etc. are connected to the internet. It’s vital to our daily lives. But as more things get connected to the internet the more vulnerable it becomes. There have been many cases where hackers have hacked into city’s water systems remotely. The Register reported, “Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies”. It’s really dangerous. The hackers managed to get into the water control system and changed the levels of chemicals that go into tap water. As more things get connected to the internet the more we need to protect ourselves. The internet isn’t 100% safe. Smartphones and computers are getting more and more vulnerable every day. You need to take security measures by downloading a trustworthy antivirus. Refrain from downloading files from unknown sources such piracy websites or phishing (fake) emails. Remember don’t talk to strangers online. Those are the main things to do to keep you and your information safe. Go online and look for the best ways increase your device and internet security. Even big companies such as Target can be hacked. There was a vulnerability in their security system. It was until years later that they found out about it. People were seeing unauthorized transactions in their bank’s accounts. The hackers managed to steal 40 million accounts and credit/debit card information. Big companies also need to stay up to date with their security. The government has also faced many hacks. Confidential and private information has leaked. Nobody can escape from all this while you are connected to the internet. As you saw not even big companies or the government cant get away with it. Just remember the basics of online safety.
The internet is vital to our daily lives because it’s used everywhere and it’s really useful. There are many things that made the internet. It has been a long journey since the launch of the Internet. Some of the origins that took part of that were the internet development, internet ownership, and the internet access. There’s also the growth of social media and online shopping. Another thing to remind you of is hackers. Use basics of online safety. Remember that without the internet our civilization wouldn’t be as advanced as it is and our daily life wouldn’t be the same.