Тема: Technologies and the Internet.

Advantages of the Internet

The Internet provides various opportunities. Some of the things that you can do via the Internet are:

* E-mail: E-mail is an online correspondence system. With e-mail you can send and receive instant electronic messages, which works like writing letters. Your messages are delivered instantly to people anywhere in the world, unlike traditional mail that takes a lot of time.
* Access Information: The Internet is a virtual treasure source of information. Any kind of information on any topic under the sun is available on the Internet. The ‘search engines’ on the Internet can help you to find data on any subject that you need.

*Shopping: Along with getting information on the Internet, you can also shop online. There are many online stores and sites that can be used to look for products as well as buy them using your credit card. You do not need to leave your house and can do all your shopping from the convenience of your home.
*Online Chat and Social Networking: There are many ‘chat rooms’ on the web that can be accessed to meet new people, make new friends, as well as to stay in touch with old friends. You can also share news, photos and videos on social network sites (SNS), where your friends are able to see them in the timeline.

*Downloading software, music and video: This is one of the most happening and fun things to do via the Internet. You can download games, music, videos, movies, and loads of other entertainment software from the Internet, most of which are free.

Disadvantages of the Internet

There are certain cons and dangers relating to the use of Internet that can be summarized as:

* Personal Information: If you use the Internet, your personal information such as your name, address, etc. can be accessed by other people. If you use a credit card to shop online, then your credit card information can also be ‘stolen’.
* Violence and obscenity: This is a very serious issue concerning the Internet, especially when it comes to young children. There are thousands of obscene sites on the Internet   that can be easily found and your browser built-in access limiters often fail to track them. Some promote violence, extreme nationalism and racism.

*Spamming: This refers to sending unsolicited e-mails usually containing ads. E-mail boxes even can get blocked being loaded by spam.

*Pop-up pages: whenever you click on the web address you are at risk of getting to some ugly site containing pornography or violence.

*Scamming: People can scam you, especially when you buy online.

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