The Internet has grown to become a staple among many families and organizations. Despite the constantly growing numbers of the people who use it, there are only a few who learn facts about the internet. In this article, you will find internet facts that would change the way you see the great World Wide Web.
The use of the word “surfing” alongside “internet” started in 1992.
Jean Armour Polly, an upstate New York librarian, coined the term. She was also known as the “Net Mom.”
Internet storage holds at least 1,200 petabytes worth of data.
As 1 terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes, the estimate is equivalent to 1.2 million terabytes. This number is only an estimation between the big 4 – Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon.
This figure is also still exclusive of other bigtime providers such as Dropbox, SugarSync, and Barracuda.
August 6, 1991 is the publication date of the first website in the world.
Tim Berners-Lee, a British physicist, invented today’s World Wide Web. Queen Elizabeth knighted him on July 16, 2004.
Tim Berners-Lee is also known as the “Father of the Web.”
He was also the one to upload the first-ever image to the internet. It displays a joke referencing a band of women from CERN, a nuclear research laboratory.
The double slash “//” on the web URLs is the inventor’s greatest regret.
Berners-Lee admitted that the little addition was not necessary at all.
The first-ever email sent has the same sender and receiver.
In 1971, American computer programmer Ray Tomlinson sent out an email to himself. As much as his action made history, Tomlinson confessed that he does not remember what he said in the email.
Wednesday is the best day for sending emails.
On the contrary, Thursday is the worst day to do so.
The first-ever spam email was intended to sell computers.
Delivered in 1978, Gary Thuerk tried to make his sales by spamming over the ARPANET.
The internet being down for 24 hours costs more than you can imagine.
It is equivalent to the halt in the delivery of 196 billion emails and the suspension of 3 billion Google searches.
From 12 seconds in 2000, the average attention span went down to just 8 seconds in 2018.
In comparison, the average goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds.
The second most reported economic crime in the world is cybercrime.
Of all recorded cyberattacks, 73% of them are due to economical reasons while above 40% is directed towards small businesses.
00 ransomware attacks are executed.
The average amount that perpetrators demand after an attack is $1,077.
The record of the largest data breach involved Yahoo.
Back in 2013, the birth dates, phone numbers and security questions of approximately 3 billion Yahoo users were hacked.
The most typical aim of cybercriminals are passwords that are either weak or stolen.
Of all recorded cyberattacks, 81% involved ineffective, thus, stolen passwords.