Web Browsers

Updated Oct 8, 2020 · 5 min read

What are web browsers?

The web is a powerful tool that we use every day to connect with friends, get information, and share moments. The Internet has changed the way we learn, shop, and innovate. It’s important to understand the web browser, which is the tool that connects us to the Internet.

A web browser (or browser) is a program you can install on your devices that lets you go any on the web. It retrieves information from web servers and displays the content on your mobile or desktop device. To request information and retrieve information, the web browser uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which defines a standard for how text, images, and videos should be transferred over the web. The web uses a protocol to establish a consistent format that any browser can understand.

Browser options

A few companies offer different web browser applications that you can install on your devices, which differ in their user interface, features, security, performance, and capability. Not all browsers interpret information in the same way, meaning that websites might look different to users who use different browsers. In some cases, your device will come with a web browser already installed. However, you have the option to install other web browsers that suit your interests.

These are the most popular browsers on the web, and you should investigate each one carefully to determine the web browser that suits your needs:

  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Vivaldi

How does a web browser work?

Web browsers request and retrieve information using HTTP. Browsers receive web content as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). They use a rendering engine to translate that data into text, videos, and images that you can understand.

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