Introduction to Cybersecurity
By Jeetendra Pande
Uttarakhand Open University, 2017
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Internet is among the most important inventions of the 21st century which have affected our life. Today internet have crosses every barrier and have changed the way we use to talk, play games, work, shop, make friends, listen music, see movies, order food, pay bill, greet your friend on his birthday/ anniversary, etc. You name it, and we have an app in place for that. It has facilitated our life by making it comfortable. Gone are the days when we have to stand in a long queue for paying our telephone and electricity bills. Now we can pay it at a click of a button from our home or office. The technology have reached to an extent that we don‟t even require a computer for using internet. Now we have internet enabled smartphone, palmtops, etc. through which we can remain connected to our friends, family and office 24×7. Not only internet has simplified our life but also it has brought many things within the reach of the middle class by making them cost effective. It was not long back, while making an ISD or even a STD call, the eyes were stricken on the pulse meter. The calls were very costly. ISD and STD were used to pass on urgent messages only and the rest of the routine communication was done using letters since it was a relatively very cheap. Now internet have made it possible to not only talk but use video conference using popular applications like skype, gtalk etc. at a very low price to a level where a one hour video chat using internet is cheaper that the cost of sending a one page document from Delhi to Bangalore using speed-post or courier service. Not only this, internet has changed the use of the typical devices that were used by us. Television can be used not only for watching popular tv shows and movies but can be used for calling/ video chatting with friend using internet. Mobile phone is not only used for making a call but viewing a latest movie. We can remain connected to everyone, no matter what our location is. Working parents from office can keep eye on their children at home and help them in their homework. A businessman can keep eye on his staff, office, shop, etc with a click of a button. It has facilitated our life in more than one way. Have you ever wondered from where this internet came? Let us discuss the brief history of internet and learn how this internet was invented and how it evolved to an extent that now we cannot think of our lives without it.