What is an Intranet?
An intranet (not to be confused with "Internet") is a private computer network that is used by an organization and is accessible only by the organization's members, employees, or others with authorization. An intranet is generally not made externally accessible to outsiders.
It allows organizations to share information and communicate internally, using tools such as web browsers, email, and instant messaging.
Intranets can also be used to access internal resources such as databases, software applications, and shared files.
There are several advantages of an internal intranet vs. the internet:
- Security: An intranet is a closed network that can be secured through a variety of means such as firewalls, passwords, and other forms of authentication, making it more difficult for unauthorized individuals to access the network.
- Control: Organizations have more control over the content and functionality of their intranet, making it possible to tailor the network to meet specific needs.
- Efficiency: Intranets can be used to streamline internal communication and collaboration, making it easier for employees to access and share information, and work together more effectively.
- Cost-effective: An intranet can be a cost-effective solution for an organization, as it eliminates the need for expensive external communication channels.
- Customization: Intranet can be customized according to the need of the organization, for example, access to certain applications, data can be restricted to specific departments.
- Accessibility: Intranet can be accessed from any location within the organization, which makes it easy for employees to access important information and collaborate with colleagues regardless of their physical location.
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