What is a Browser?

By | June 15, 2020

Today, going on the internet has become a habit and has become commonplace. But this action is not limited only to plugging in your box, activating your WiFi or mobile connection. It is much broader, to such an extent that the concept of “web” established by the web (or World Wide Web) is totally associated with it.

This global computer network accessible to the public * is just, for the common people, an interface to manipulate. It can be applications (music, banking, geolocation, games), cloud solutions but also and above all NAVIGATORS. They are the subject of our article today.

What is a browser?

A browser is a software that allows you to display and then browse a website (or website). It mainly consists of an address and/or search bar and an area to display your results or your website.

This tool can retrieve information stored on a server and display it on your computer or smartphone. This information is created with complex programming languages ​​(mainly HTML and CSS) and is composed of text, images (JPEG, PNG or GIF), videos (MP4, OGG, WebM), etc. We can even check his emails!
They are visible in the form of what is called a source code (It is a set of computer instructions that are readable and understandable by humans) and that the browser interprets to display the result that you know.

Programming languages ​​are evolving, which means that browsers have to adapt otherwise they are said to age, so we must update regularly. For some web browsers, updates are automatic, for others they must be done manually.
If you do not make these updates, depending on your browser version, the web pages will be displayed more or less well. In order to take advantage of the optimized and secure version of a site (but also to administer it), we strongly recommend that you update your browsers.

For example, the version of CMS WordPress 4.8 is no longer supported by Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.

What are the most used browsers?

There are several. The main web browsers are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera. Some depend directly on the operating system used (Mac OS, Windows, Android, iOS, etc.).

All have different styles but offer essentially the same functionality:

  • display a web page,
  • manage your favorite sites,
  • install modules (to improve your browsing, hide your privacy).

All this to provide you with the comfort you need to use it as well as possible.

Browsing history

A web browser can store with your authorization the data that you accumulate during your use . We then speak of browsing history.

It contains your passwords, the sites visited, the elements of the form fields. This is useful if you want to find a web page, a user session (e-commerce site, mailbox, etc.).

But always think about your security, using antivirus software, complex passwords, to update the different tools that you use. Indeed hackers can exploit vulnerabilities and steal your data. You can also empty your history so that your colleague, friend or family member does not come across your searches;)

You know a little more about browsers and the art of using them well.

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