Browser Definition and Meaning
With a browser it is possible to call up websites, data and documents on the Internet. The various browsers differ primarily in terms of their operation and certain setting options. However, what is important with all browsers is the speed and security of surfing.
- A browser is a program that not only displays websites, but also documents, pictures or videos
- Many browsers can be personalized with extensions
- Regular software updates increase security when using the Internet
What is a browser
If you want to access content from the Internet, you need a browser to display it. Operation couldn’t be easier:
- Double-click the browser icon on the desktop – the preset start page opens
- Enter the command in the address line of the browser – usually an Internet address ( URL) that begins with the letters “www” (for “world wide web”)
The browser then displays the desired content – in addition to a website, this can also be documents or the like. If you want, you can also call up several contents at the same time. With the help of so-called tabs – also called tabs – the user can call up different websites at the same time. This is called “tabbed browsing”. So-called plug-ins, additional software components, give the user the opportunity to expand the functions of the browser at will.
In addition, buttons are integrated in all browsers, with which the user can navigate back to previous websites and jump forward from there. This makes navigation easier, as it is not necessary to type in the address of a website again. A variety of security functions are also integrated into the browser. The browser software detects most viruses or other threats on the Internet and blocks them automatically or warns of them.
Particularly practical: If you don’t like the homepage preset by the manufacturer, you can choose another one at any time. Search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo are particularly popular start pages.
Which browsers are there?
Internet users looking for a suitable browser now have a wide choice. The most popular are the following:
- Mozilla Firefox: This is a free browser that any Internet user can download. In the meantime, the developer, the US non-profit organization Mozilla Foundation, offers various extensions that the user can integrate into his personal user interface.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: It is preinstalled on devices with Microsoft Windows operating systems. In the newer versions, the manufacturer has significantly improved the browser speed. Internet Explorer is also available as an app version for Windows devices with a touch display.
- Google Chrome: This browser convinces many users primarily with its high speed. Users with a Google user account enjoy additional benefits with Google Chrome. Once you have logged in, you can save all settings or bookmarks and call them up again via any other device after logging in.
- Apple Safari: The Safari browser can be installed on both devices with Apple and Windows operating systems. The speed is also quite high with this browser. It also convinces with its clear structure.
- Opera: Compared to the browsers mentioned, significantly fewer users choose Opera – but this browser is in no way inferior to its competitors, especially in terms of personalized extensions (add-ons).
Which browser is the safest?
Which browser is the best choice depends on the user and his personal preferences. The browsers of the major manufacturers are similar in terms of the personalization options through extensions, surfing speed and security aspects. However, users should keep in mind that the more add-ons they download for their browser, the greater the attack surface they offer criminals. Because as soon as third-party providers come into play, the risk increases that data can be more easily spied on. It is therefore advisable to think carefully before installing an extension whether it is really needed. Regardless of personalization and the browser type itself, it is also important to agree to automatic updates in the settings.Install an anti-virus program on the PC, because it recognizes significantly more dangers than a browser can alone.
It is also advisable to install a reputable ad blocker that blocks out annoying advertisements. This is usually not pre-installed in the browser, so the user has to retrofit it manually. To protect personal data, it is also advisable to check all browser settings. Manufacturers often collect data automatically for further development and analysis of the software if the user does not object. It is also advisable not to save passwords permanently in the browser.