Brian Jenks February, 2012 Selecting the Right Web Browser Begin Begin
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Introduction and Learning Objectives Considerations when Selecting a Browser Top Browsers: Which one might be Right? Top Browsers: Which one might be Right? Web Browsers and Basic Features Links to Browser Statistics and Tests Summary 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 1 1 7 7 Checking What Was Learned
This tutorial assists Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac users who would like to learn more about what a web browser is and what it can do, or may be interested in switching to a different browser. The following information will be presented: Web Browsers: How they work, and common features Feature Considerations: What to look for in a new browser Comparisons Between the Top Browsers: Similarities and differences Quizzes will be given after sections 2, 3, and 4, to check browser knowledge. When completed, people should be able to make an informed decision on the selection of a Windows or Mac web browser.
There are many brands of web browsers, each with their own specific look, and the way they interpret and interact with web pages. Before selecting a browser, it is helpful to first understand more about what a browser is, and some examples of what it can do.
Web browsers (and this tutorial will use the term “browser”) are computer software programs that access and display content from Internet websites. Browsers interpretwebsites Web programming code and present it in a way that is easy to view and (in most cases) support user interactions. Information on the Web can be stored and accessed from many different physical locations around the World. How each browser interprets, displays andbrowser interacts with web sites is (usually) different. Web technologies are continually changing, and new technologies added. It is important to use modern, updated browsers in order to successfully and effectively interact with websites built on these technologies. Click on this image to view a YouTube Video on Browsers and The Internet
Browsers can: Display text and images (static; not able to be changed). Read and send E-mail. Search for information on the Internet (using a search engine).search engine Play audio and video files, and other presentations (may require a plug-in).plug-in Access and provide social interaction with Web 2.0 websites, and computer-based applications (can add/edit website content).Web 2.0 Notes:  Most browsers either come included with a computer’s operating system, or they are free to download from their respective vendor.  Plug-ins are also referred to as “add-ons” by some vendors.
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1.A browser is a software application that interprets and interacts with a website’s programming code.A browser is a software application that interprets and interacts with a website’s programming code. 2.Plug-ins add browser functionality, and always cost money to download.Plug-ins add browser functionality, and always cost money to download. 3.Browsers can access different web information from across the World.Browsers can access different web information from across the World. 4.Internet technology changes rapidly, requiring new and updated browsers in order to properly interact with all websites.Internet technology changes rapidly, requiring new and updated browsers in order to properly interact with all websites. 5.Each browser interprets and displays websites a little differently.Each browser interprets and displays websites a little differently. Click on the browser statement below that is false:
Plug-ins do provide additional browser functionality. But because they are primarily developed by competing companies trying to establish a Web standard, they are usually free to download. Click here for more information on plug-ins Plug-in DefinitionPlug-in Definition Great! Now lets consider factors when selecting a browser:
The answer you selected is a true statement regarding browsers. Please click the icon below to return to Quiz #1, and select the statement that is false.
These topics are important to both consider and investigate prior to choosing a new Browser: Compatibility and Capability Ease of Use Performance Security and Privacy
Does the browser display all text and interactive features for any given website? Does the browser integrate [provide seamless access] with other computer and Web applications/tools? Can a user perform all Web tasks and functions that they need? In other words, does it work? Summary of “Compatibility and Capability”: A browser should provide access to all websites and functionality that is needed.
Is the browser layout easy to understand and use? Is a Help feature available? Are the navigation buttons prominently displayed? Can the browser’s display and commands be changed/customized? Summary of “Ease of Use”: A browser’s capabilities and features are greatly diminished if it is not easy to understand and use.
Summary of “Performance”: Browser performance is affected by several external factors, such as: computer speed, amount of available computer memory, type of Internet connection (and its bandwidth), security settings, how a specific website is designed (what technology(s) are used, and are they supported by the browser?), and other factors.bandwidth How long does it takes the browser to access a web page? How quickly does it load and play sound or video files? Does it recover and function properly after it experiences a bad webpage or error? When interacting with websites, does the browser provide required user security while delivering acceptable response times? Many external conditions can negatively affect a browser’s performance!
Summary of “Privacy and Security”: Understand the importance of browser security and how to protect one’s personal information. All browsers have some level of built-in security measures, to protect users from threats that can be introduced by popup windows, unsecure browser plug-ins, or erroneously acquired malware.malware Check the browser vendor’s website for their security measures, and update your browser version often, to implement new security fixes. It is also important to understand the default security settings that a browser has. Some computer anti-virus programs offer the benefit of “real-time” browser security, which protects a user while they are interacting with the Internet. Website access and user interactions are monitored, and cookies are stored on a user’s computer. While cookies aren’t inherently bad, they can be read by many websites, and may be exploited to gain sensitive user information.cookies
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The following security measure(s) best protect against malware while using the Internet: 1.Use of browser cookiesUse of browser cookies 2.Using computer anti-virus, with “Real Time” protectionUsing computer anti-virus, with “Real Time” protection 3.Using the browser’s built-in security protocolsUsing the browser’s built-in security protocols 4.Clicking on an unknown pop-up windowClicking on an unknown pop-up window 5.Answers 2 and 3 are correctAnswers 2 and 3 are correct 6.Answers 1, 2 and 3 are correctAnswers 1, 2 and 3 are correct Click on the best answer below:
Using computer anti-virus software along with the browser’s built-in security features is the best way to protect against acquiring malware when using the Internet. It is also recommended to: Not click on unexpected or unknown pop-up windows Be aware of browser cookies and how they are being used; these can be deleted from a computer if desired Excellent! Time to Move On:
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Chrome Which One Might be Right? This section looks at four of the top browsers on the market today. Review detailed information on each browser by clicking on its logo to the left, or click the Next Page arrow icon below. Internet Explorer Firefox Safari These four browsers (including all their supported versions) have a combined global usage of approximately 98.5% as of January 2012.as of January 2012
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Quiz #3 – Top Browser Comparisons Top Browsers - Statement #1 Internet Explorer is the oldest browser, and the one most in use today; Chrome has fast performance and is quick to feature the newest Web technologies; Firefox releases a new browser version about every 6 weeks, and has the most available plug-ins and extensions; Safari can be used today on both Windows PCs and Macs. Read each of the following summaries on the top browsers, and click at the bottom of the summary box that has all correct information listed. Top Browsers - Statement #2Top Browsers - Statement #3 Safari is the oldest browser, and the one most in use today; Chrome has fast performance and is quick to feature the newest Web technologies; Firefox releases a new browser version about every 6 weeks, and has the most available plug-ins and extensions; Internet Explorer can be used today on both Windows PCs and Macs. Internet Explorer is the oldest browser, and the one most in use today; Firefox has fast performance and is quick to feature the newest Web technologies; Chrome releases a new browser version about every 6 weeks, and has the most available plug-ins and extensions; Safari can be used today on both Windows PCs and Macs. Click Here to select #1Here Click Here to select #1Here Click Here to select #2Here Click Here to select #2Here Click Here to select #3Here Click Here to select #3Here
Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each of the top browsers can be very helpful with the selection of a browser. If there is no clear-cut winner, download and sample multiple browsers to see which provides the best browsing experience. Outstanding!! Time for Some Useful Links and then a Lesson Summary
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1.Checks for browser and plug-in updates (may have to click “Scan Now” button)Checks for browser and plug-in updates (may have to click “Scan Now” button) 2.Default browser’s HTML5 capabilityDefault browser’s HTML5 capability 3.Current user’s IP Address, and other Web informationCurrent user’s IP Address, and other Web information 4.User’s Network Bandwidth/Speed (select a nearby city to begin)User’s Network Bandwidth/Speed (select a nearby city to begin) 5.Recent browser Market Share and related statistics (use “Report Filters” to examine further)Recent browser Market Share and related statistics (use “Report Filters” to examine further) 6.2012 Ranking and Comparison of the Top 10 Web Browsers2012 Ranking and Comparison of the Top 10 Web Browsers Reminder: These external links open a new webpage. You will need to navigate back to this PowerPoint tutorial. Helpful Web Links for Checking Browser Features and Capabilities
An individual’s assessment of a browser can vary greatly; some people vigorously defend their choice of a browser, while others don’t care what they use as long as it functions well and provides a satisfactory level of security. Sophisticated Internet users tend to want a browser that supports the latest web standards and technologies and is fast; casual and business users tend to prefer ease of use, and stability with the websites they visit. It is common for users to have multiple types of browsers, to meet these different needs. Browser reviews/tests should be performed on the same PC or Mac, to provide a consistent, accurate comparison of each browser’s strengths and weaknesses. Once browser(s) are selected for use, regularly check for updates by their respective vendor. Updates can provide increased security measures, adoption of the latest web technologies, and performance improvements.
You should now have a better understanding of the following: What browsers are, and how they operate Common browser features and functionality Similarities and Differences between the top browsers What browser features are important, and provide desired/preferred results Which browser(s) may be right for you to use
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