What is the Internet?

What is the Internet? This seems like a simple question. You’re on the Internet right now. But how did you get there? How did it get to you?


When team Infoblox surveyed people on the streets of San Francisco, a city many know as the “tech Mecca of the world,” 9 out of 11 responders reported that they don't know how the Internet functions. Check out the interviews for yourself to hear what they said.



The word Internet refers to a system of interconnected computer networks that span the globe. It’s a worldwide network of networks connected to each other using the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP) suite. The Internet is comprised of hardware, such as your laptop, and software, like your Adobe Flash player that probably needs updating.


Getting to your favorite sites just requires a little direction from the Domain Name System, or DNS. DNS is often referred to as the phonebook of the Internet, as it translates domain names into IP addresses.


DNS takes users to the sites that allow them to communicate with family members across the country and watch videos of dogs saying, “I love you.” It provides them with breaking news and reminds them about a status update from seven years ago.


However, some people will take advantage of the Internet – and not just to embarrass you with pictures from High School. DNS is often a target for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and attackers use data exfiltration, DNS tunneling and DDoS attacks to steal your data and use it against you.


The good news is that Infoblox has a number of solutions and products to identify, stop and even prevent these cyberattacks from happening. More than 8,000 customers trust Infoblox to protect them against security breaches, and 350 of the Fortune 500 companies rely on Infoblox. 


Network security solutions Infoblox provides to customers include DDI, the integration of DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management into a unified service or solution, and private cloud virtualization. These solutions protect data and infrastructure, prepare networks for online business and ensure data center agility.


Lack of knowledge about the Internet may seem harmless, but there are malicious actors out there who rely on your lack of understanding to carry out their attacks. Luckily, Infobox has been in the internet game for 20 years, and has got you covered. Except against those high school pictures – those are all on you. 

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