I left a few years before the internet. I always had curiosity about what the big secret was that the apostates had. Finally, I watched a John Ankerberg show that was about the JWs. The guest's ministry sold the Crisis of Conscience book and I ordered it. I felt so guilty ordering it. The guy who ran the ministry was a "ringer" in the area. The JWs would be calling on somebody and the householder would set up their next visit. When they'd return, this guy would be there to ambush the JWs. I can remember at least 2 or 3 times being stuck in a car for an hour or two while my dad was stuck in a house. After comparing stories with other JWs, they found it was the same guy. My dad seemed obsessed about this guy and the fact that he was popping up as a ringer. Us kids called him Dad's arch-nemesis. Anyway, here I was ordering books from this guy.
I think I got a catalog and ordered a Gentile Times Revisited and some small tracts and booklets, but that was all he had about JWs. A few years later, the internet came along and there was so much more information available to answer the JWs with. Not only were there websites providing information, but books I would never have found in a bookstore.
Before the internet, I was already out. But I still have family in. Since the internet, it has provided me with so much more information and insight on the JWs and has provided me with great ammo for family when they do confront me or when JWs come calling. Even though I would never become a JW again, it doesn't hurt to have my reasons reinforced in so many different ways.