Nowadays, we cannot imagine our life without the internet. Throughout the years its importance has grown exponentially. We call cabs, find hotels, discover cheap travel options and order food with the help of the internet. However, we also stumble across various myths about it. Remember when people started saying Al Gore created the internet? Or have you stumbled across a message such as “forwarding this message will help you win” a certain amount of money? These are simple myths. Below you can find three of the most famous myths about the internet.
1. Al Gore invented the internet
This particular myth contains two in fact. One myth is that Al Gore created the internet. The other is that he claimed to have created the internet. In fact the former vice-president’s actual phrasing was: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” Al Gore did not invent the internet; however, he did get things started and promoted the concept of computer “comms”.
2. Everything you read on the internet is true
The internet is a universe in expansion when it comes to information. Many times, when we want to check something out, we turn to the internet. However, is that particular information you found really true? Sometimes we can stumble across false information. Considering the fact that anyone can write anything online, we should be weary of dubious sources.
Some will say we have no way of knowing whether the answer we found is true or false. Information on the internet should be approached with skepticism. However, there are several ways in which you can verify it. Check whether the website ends in .gov or .edu. Make sure the article you read contains a name and a date of publication. If the article is old, check out whether that particular information could have expired in the meantime. This way you will be a couple of steps closer to knowing whether the information you found is reliable or not.
3. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is monitoring you
Another myth about the internet is that your ISP can and will track your every move. It is true that your ISP has the power to scan every piece of data that flows through its systems. Moreover, that data can also be saved. However, no ISP has the money or desire to check every single information that flows through its systems. Some ISPs track and monitor criminal suspects, while others save email logs ( stating who sent messages and to whom) that can later be used in legal investigations. A large amount of money would have to be invested to monitor every piece of data and no one is interested in actually doing this.
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