I don’t know who decided on the term browsing, but it’s a good way to describe what you do on the Internet. Here’s the dictionary definition: “to look through or glance at casually”. And, that’s pretty much what you do when nosing around online. So, the tool you use to look at the Web is called a browser. There are several well-known browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) — It’s the one with the blue e.
Chrome — Created by Google, Chrome is the most popular search engine — and the one we talk about most
Firefox — (FF) It’s been around for a long time and for good reason has a loyal following. The Fox logo gives it away.
Safari — Safari is used mostly on Macs
Opera — Is a beautiful, clean browser. Its logo is the red O.
Some facts about browsers:
– All browsers are free to download
– You should never feel forced to use a particular browser because it’s the one that shipped with your computer. You’re in control
– You can try them all, because you can have more than one on your computer. I have five.
– Browsers get old. Website creators can’t guarantee that their sites will work on browsers that are five, six, seven, ten years old. It’s not practical. So, when your computer says “Update your browser”, you should probably listen.