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What's an Internet browser?

Internet browsers make it possible to use the World Wide Web or access a LAN (local area network). Internet browsers are commonly called "Web browsers" because of this. Websites contain words, pictures, audio, videos and hyperlinks to other pages in the form of HTML (hyper text markup language). An Internet browser is an application program. It is designed to decipher and display text, pictures and provide interaction with the Internet. You could not use the Internet without having an Internet browser installed on your computer system.

: History
Tim Berners-Lee, an Englishman, created the original Web browser on December 25, 1990. He named it "World Wide Web" and distributed it to several CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) people in March the following year. Several Internet browsers were developed in 1992 including these: libwww, Line-mode, Erwise, ViolaWWW, Midas and Samba. Mosaic, Arena, Lynx and Cello were Internet browsers written in 1993. Opera, Internet in a box, Navipress and Mozilla were created in 1994. Microsoft released the first Internet Explorer browser in 1995. Many Internet browsers have been designed since then. Some of the more notable include: PhaseOut, Deepnet Explorer, Avant Browser, Flock, Maxthon, Safari and Google Chrome.

: Significance
Internet browsers were originally developed to share text documents among a small number of individuals. It has since grown to reach millions worldwide. An Internet browser is a program required to view and interact with websites. These websites are actually written in computer codes. The images, videos, games, text, links to other websites and everything you see would not be shown without the use of an Internet browser. It reads the code and creates the webpage.

: Identification
Internet browsers include several helpful buttons. Back and forward buttons are typically found on the upper left of the screen. Clicking on the buttons will take you either back to a webpage you previously viewed, or vice versa. Reload or "refresh" buttons will reload the webpage. The home button takes you to your previously selected homepage. Favorites or "bookmarks" button lets you save the websites address for future access. Other commonly used Internet browser buttons include search, print, stop and many others.

: Considerations
Selecting Internet browsers requires several considerations. Different browsers may contain various elements that you desire. This includes the speed of it starting and loading new pages. Features like tabbed browsing, thumbnail previews, RSS feeds, zoom, add-ons, spell check, smart toolbar and many others. Security options concerning anti-spyware, anti-virus, anti-phishing and alike may or may not be part of an Internet browser. You should also think about the type of help you receive and the operating system you are using.

* Warning
Internet browsers should be updated on a regular basis. Computer hackers are persistently finding ways to gain access to browsers and your computer. The Internet browser's manufacturers are continually developing security updates, patches or fixes. If your Internet browser does not already do automatic updates, you should set it up to. If you are still using an older outdated browser, you should install a newer one.