(WFXR) — This week marked the anniversary of a major development for the internet and the beginning of a huge transformation to how people communicate and interact with each other.
On Oct. 29, 1969, for the first time, two computers located in different places communicated with each other.
This breakthrough followed with the first email being sent out, which occurred in 1971, and later to the launch of the World Wide Web in March 1989.
New possibilities such as online gaming, and e-commerce have been made possible with the internet.
According to Digital Commerce 360, e-commerce represented 14.3% of total retail sales in 2018, and is projected to continue to grow.
In the past, shoppers made a trip to the mall to purchase clothes and books. Bookstores large and small have shut their doors due to the convenience of online shopping.
While retail shopping is not dead, e-commerce continues to be a growing alternative for in-person shopping.
In addition to shopping, the internet is now commonly used to bank, pay bills, gamble, and game.
Online identity threat is a growing risk due to the proliferation of the internet.
Below are tips from usa.gov to protect yourself and your family from identity theft.
- Learn how to spot common scams and fraud, such as phishing or spoofing. Scammers use fake emails, text messages or copycat websites to steal your personal information.
- Keep your computer software updated.
- Don’t share your passwords or sensitive information online to a business or person you do not know.
- Don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts.
- Don’t give out personal information over unencrypted websites.