Every day, there are more and more services available on the Internet. The use of encryption and secure transmissions has made safe credit card purchases commonplace. An increasing number of banks now offer you the opportunity to transfer money between accounts or pay bills from your home computer. You can buy hand-crafted jewelry from New Mexico or gourmet foods from around the world. You can shop for books and music at sites that offer ten times as many titles as a normal store could hold. And then there's the ready availability of free information. Thousands of sites have sections devoted to frequently asked questions, or FAQ's for short, that can give you anything from legal information to medical advice. You can read newspapers and magazines from Europe, Australia, or your own hometown. What's on T-V tonight? You can get a schedule for your local cable system and customize it to show only your favorite channels. You can read your daily horoscope, check the current prices on stocks, or participate in polls or sweepstakes. The list of services available over the Internet is vast, and growing larger every day.
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