Dear Amy: Why do we have the Web, and when was it created? — Kayanna, Augusta, Ga.
Dear Kayanna: When Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau had the idea for the World Wide Web in 1989, the Internet had already existed for decades. Networked computers could send files and even email, but there wasn’t a simple way to share information widely. Berners-Lee and Cailliau proposed a system of hypertext (text that contains links you can click on to go directly to a website) to help researchers share information, and this grew into the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee created the tools to bring the Web to life, allowing websites around the world and other information to be publicly accessed. To learn more, visit boutell.com/newfaq.
Dear Amy: How do you know if free software online is safe? — Cole, Manchester, N.H.
Dear Cole: There are a lot of great software programs that are free, but unfortunately, not everything called “free” is actually safe. A good way to avoid viruses, spyware and other malware is to download only from safe websites. Popular options are download.cnet.com and filehippo.com. Ask your parents to make sure antivirus and firewall software are installed to keep your computer safe.
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