We take the internet for granted. In the grand scheme of things, it's relatively young, but over the course of the last few years, the world has changed beyond recognition.
I'm not going to go into the history of this life changing 'system', but there can be no denying the positive impact that the internet is having.
Technology is moving at a crazy pace, and it seems that everyone has a presence somewhere on the web. Whether through business or social networking. I wouldn't be in my current job if I hadn't used the internet.
Keeping in touch with friends and family around the world is also another example of how the internet has changed the way we live.
Email has replaced traditional letters, video calling and conferencing means we can see as well as hear.
Unfortunately, the abundance of information that is freely available, also means that for the few, the internet is a place where destruction and depravity takes place.
We are constantly being warned of the dangers of the internet; especially for the young ones. However, I believe that the internet is a danger to everyone who does not assume a careful approach. You wouldn't leave private information lying around in public; so don't do the same here.
If you don't want people to know things; then, for goodness sake, don't broadcast them on a publicly accessible forum.
Passwords are imperative to our safety and security. Don't write them down. Or, if you can't remember them, use a secure site like Lastpass.com. Here, you only need to remember one password, and all the others are kept securely.
There are many places where advise can be got for free; about how to keep safe and secure, including governement sites.
Banking and phising emails are another way that criminals try to get their hands on your hard earned money. If an offer seems too good to be true - it probably is. As for banking; NEVER respond to an email from your bank; unless you are 100% certain it came from them. Some web browsers will now warn you that the site may not be what you think it is.
So - The Internet is wonderful for keeping in touch with distant family and friends. It's great to bag a bargain and essential for communication. It's also a haven for those more unscrupulous types.