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Advantages & disadvantages of using the internet at home

Updated February 21, 2017

The Internet is a valuable tool for many businesses, and it has also become a popular activity in homes all over the world. There are advantages and disadvantages to using the Internet at home. In some cases, the ease or difficulty is related to the level of your computer knowledge. When you use the Internet at work, you usually have other, more qualified tech people taking care of connection problems. But at home, you have to deal with connectivity problems yourself, or seek help from your Internet provider's support line.

Cost

At work, your company most likely provides Internet service as part of your job at no cost to you; at home, you have to pay for it. You can choose to have an inexpensive dial-up connection but, unless you have a second phone line, that can tie up your phone for hours. Many websites on the Internet require a broadband connection. Broadband can be expensive. If you live in an area where broadband is not available, you may have to spend even more for satellite broadband.

Support

When you are at work, the Internet connection is the responsibility of the information technology (IT) department. If something happens to the Internet connection, you do not need to do anything to fix it. At home, you need to be able to troubleshoot your Internet connection if something goes wrong. At the very least, you need to be able to follow the instructions of a support associate. Even with the help of a support associate, it can sometimes become confusing and frustrating to troubleshoot your Internet connection. If the problem is your home computer, you will need to contact your computer manufacturer.

Settings

An advantage of the Internet at home is that you can keep a closer watch on what websites your children visit. When your kids are at school or surfing the Internet on their mobile phone, they may be able to bypass some of the blocks put in place to prevent them from visiting certain sites. Kids at school or the library can also wind up chatting with criminals such as paedophiles disguising themselves as other children. When your kids are at home, you can block out sites you do not want them to use and keep track of their social activity for their protection.

Password Safety

When you log in to a website from a work computer or a computer in a library, there is a chance that the browser will store your information and allow someone else to log in as you. When it comes to your personal and financial information, this could become a serious problem. When you reserve that kind of log in activity for your home Internet connection, you reduce the chances that someone else will get your log in information. There are always hackers to watch out for and websites designed to steal your information; but at least with your home Internet connection, your personal log in information is stored in a safe place.

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About the Author

George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.