To gain basic Internet access your computer needs certain hardware and software components. These are already installed on most contemporary computers. You also need a connection to the Internet via an Internet Services Provider, (often abbreviated to ISP). At a minimum, here’s what’s required:
An Internet service provider
A connection to that provider (phone line, cable, and so on)
A program for browsing the Internet (such as Internet Explorer)
A program for handling mail (such as Windows Mail)
This section describes each of these items.
An Internet service provider ...