Canadians may be dumbfounded when they return from a trip abroad and experience some of the slowest Internet upload times in the free world. This is not just a recent problem, it's been around since the advent of the Web. With a global average upload time of 7.6 Mbps, Canada lags far behind the rest of the world with an average upload time of 5.67 Mbps, according to the recent Net Index released by Ookla. That places Canada fifty-third among all countries and an abysmal sixth place amongst G8 nations.
Even though times have changed as technology advances, there are some things that just don't fade away. Fundraising is one of those areas that is critical to the success and survival of many community-driven projects. Now there's a way to use the Internet to help.
As Canada protects its citizens anonymity online, all eyes are turning to the United States, where net neutrality guidelines could be facing a revamping in the next few months, according to Michael Geist at The Tyree.
The online publication, ItSpeciliast.com recently published some startling figures regarding the “going rates” for illegal activities committed by cybercriminals hired through the Darknet. Included among them were: $40 for a stolen US identity, $100 to hack a website, $20 to unleash an army of a thousand bots, and from $4 to $8 for one stolen U.S. credit card account including the CVV number.
From time to time a security bug or vulnerability emerges from the woodwork and sweeps quickly across the Internet. But it’s been a while since we saw much on the scale of Heartbleed , a newly-discovered vulnerability that has created a stir in the blogosphere and in the news.
The Internet is a complex and funny thing. We all use it every day, but do we really understand what we’re paying for? It’s safe to say that over the years, and through the many different packages that I’ve had, I’ve never been fully confident that the package I was paying for was the right one for me. So generally, I’ve just taken my sales rep’s word for it.
Canadians are very well-versed in the Internet today - we know that the possibilities are endless when we go online to surf. We can watch TV shows using services like Netflix or iTunes, check our email, Skype with friends and family and catch the highlights from last night's hockey game, among countless other activities. However, these are only possible by relatively high-speed Internet connections. Services like Skype and Netflix wouldn't work if your connection was too slow, and if you were just surfing various pages, chances are good that you'd get kicked off a few times.
People love free things - that's undeniable. Whether that means scoring a swag bag from an industry event or receiving a complimentary gift with a large purchase at a department store, getting something for no money and with no strings attached is a very attractive offer.
In part 1 of this article series, we discussed how the Internet was invented and how the major systems and elements we use today to surf online came to be. For instance, though the first communication was sent over the Internet in 1969, innovators still had a long way to go, and online access didn't start to take Canada by storm until 1985, when many of the country's major colleges were connected on a shared network.
It's highly likely that the majority of Canadians who have an Internet presence have had to deal with spam in some iteration before, especially given that 80 per cent of us use the Internet regularly, as the Canadian Internet Registration Authority found in early 2013. Consider all of the times you've sent an email to the trash or junk folder because you knew it didn't come from a reputable source or the instances when you've breathed a sigh of relief at the "pop-up blocked" notification, because the new window had nothing to do with what you were looking at online.