The majority of people using the internet are on social sites such as Facebook. Bringing a new spin on pen-pals because, no one can see pictures and chat in real time as opposed to waiting until the postal service delivers. Some use the internet for research seeing as there are bucket loads of information available via the internet on what are called search engines. These search engines are companies that provide information across the internet such as Google, Bing and Dogpile. There are others who use the internet to link their home computer to their work computer which is a form of networking. Just like anything else that deals with other people, you have to protect yourself. Since the internet is open to everybody there are people out there with bad intentions that are called “hackers”. These “hackers” are educated in means to access your computer as well as others in the form of programs such as Script or HTML which is used on most sites so you can see videos or pictures on the internet. Some more advanced “hackers” use what is called “binary code” which is what all computers use to run different operating systems such as Windows. Because of “hackers” there are programs designed specifically to try and protect your personal computer from attacks. These are called internet security programs and have also been bundled with other programs to protect your computer that are called “suites”. These programs are known by names such as Norton and McAffee and AVG. It is highly recommended that if you intend to access the internet that you have these programs in place. It is also recommended that you do a regular “system maintenance” on your computer to clear out what are called “cookies” which are the bits of information left on your computer each time you go to most internet pages so the page “remembers” you the next time you go to that page.
Google coined the phrase “Don’t be evil” to sum up its corporate philosophy. The company had a background that seemed match the mantra. Google was created by a pair of Stanford PhD candidates. They created the website without a financial plan, but with a vision to create a superior search engine. Their mastery of internet search technology and there commitment to keeping Google ad free helped to turn a garage business into one of the most powerful companies in the world.
Google seems to have passed on the don’t be evil mantra to its corporate practices. Google offers employees free snack and encourages aimlessly searching the internet. The practice helps to create fresh ideas according to Google corporate philosophy. The guidelines have works a Google has emerged as a force more powerful than just a search engine. Google has become such a corporate powerhouse that Microsoft and Facebook have developed strategies to keep the search engine based organization away from their fields. It seems silly to be afraid of a group that encourages ping-pong tournaments during work hours, but the don’t be evil mantra seems to be on the outs as Google grows up.
In 2010 Google was exposed as company that used tax loopholes to avoid paying American corporate taxes. By channeling their revenues through Ireland and the Cayman Islands Google was able to avoid paying billions in taxes. While the practice might not be something to be proud of Google is hardly the only company to seek out take loopholes. The area that Google might have most violated its self professed mantra is in the are of net neutrality. The internet has been a tier free superhighway of information, while the arrangement has worked for consumers, major corporations have cried foul. Laying down infrastructure for the public to access the internet should give companies the right to control content. While this argument might be seen as evil, Google seems to agree.