The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet

Nowadays almost everyone in the world has contact with computers and the great majority of them have been using the Internet. This essay will look at the advantages and disadvantages of Internet.

First of all, Internet provides access to a lot of useful information. Searching the Internet with search tools, such as Google, we can find almost everything we want. We can also do shopping using the Internet. We only need to select what we want, fill in some forms and click okay. In a few days we will get what we have ordered at our homes, without going anywhere. We can pay with our credit cards or pay the postman when we get the package, or transfer money from our bank account. Nowadays, we can transfer money from almost every bank on the Internet. It is faster than going to the bank and filling forms. Transferring money in traditional way takes about a day. However, using the Internet we can do this in few seconds even in Saturday and Sunday evenings. In addition, Internet banking gives us security against unauthorized transactions. Some people think that their money can be easily stolen by hackers. In fact, it is not true since the easiest way to steal our money from internet bank is to break into our house and steal our bank card passwords. Internet banking has great protections which are unbreakable.

Secondly, we can send email through the Internet. Emails can reach their destinations within a few seconds. It is very convenient when we want to send a letter to our friends who live in other countries. You can email whatever you want, such as movies, photos and songs etc. Besides, the costs of sending Emails are much cheaper than sending normal letters.

Thirdly, the Internet provides the facility to get online education. Many websites of different universities provide lectures and tutorials on different subjects or topics. You can also download these lectures or tutorials into your own computer. You can listen to these lectures repeatedly and get a lot of knowledge. It is very cheap and easy way to get education.

However, despite these advantages there are two disadvantages of the Internet.

Firstly, today, the Internet is the most popular source of spreading viruses. Most of the viruses transfer from one computer to another through e-mail or when information is downloaded on the Internet. These viruses create different problems in our computers. For example, they can affect the performance of our computers and damage valuable data and software stored in our computers.

Secondly, pornography is a very serious issue concerning the Internet, especially when it comes to young children. There are thousands of pornographic sites on the Internet that can be easily found and can be a dangerous factor to letting children use the Internet.

To sum up, the Internet changed our life in a positive way and made our life more convenient than before. Therefore the advantages of the Internet outweigh the disadvantages.