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Internet Services and Security
As an industry, the Internet is one of the most dynamic and evolving sectors of the U.S., and the world, economy. Growth in the use of the Internet has been phenomenal. While it is difficult to come up with exact figures, Internet World Stats (http://www.internetworldstats.com) estimates that in the United States alone the number of Internet users went from approximately 18 million in 1995 to some 2.4 billion in 2012. From 2000 to 2012, Internet use in North America grew 153 percent. As the general public's access to the Internet has grown, the ways in which the Internet can be used have also increased. E-commerce (business-to-business sales and business-to-consumer sales), advertising, distance education programs, banking, e-filing tax forms, Web conferencing, and bill payment are just a few of the Internet applications now available.