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Back in the day, an internet browser, like Netscape, cost in excess of $100. Then Microsoft started to bundle the browser with the Windows operating system. To-day we have a wide choice of which browser to use.

Microsoft has finally retired Internt Explorer from further updates and security updates, offering Edge as its default browser. When a program gets “end-of-lifed” it will still work, but it will eventually become problematical and vulnerable to attacks from the bad guys. A very popular alternative is Chrome, by Google. It integrates with many of the other services offed by Google. (Just keep in mind that Google loves to keep track of you and what you do online.) Firefox is another popular browser and is created by the open source crowd. For Mac users, the default is Safari (also available to Windows users).

One of the options you will be able to set in your browser is the Search Engine. When we say “I’ll Google that”, we mean that our Browser will use the Google Search Engine to find what we are looking for on the internet. Google tends to keep track of your queries so that it can sell targeted advertisements to you. This can be very helpful, and/or very invasive. An alternative I prefer is Duck Duck Go which can be chosen in your browser setup. Duck Duck Go promises not to track you, but it is not 100 percent.

Most internet users have a number of websites they visit regularly. Rather than typing the addresses in every time, you can use the Favourites feature. Sites can be grouped and placed in Tabs for ease of access. You can have many windows (i.e. Sites) open at the same time, so you do not have to close one site before opening the next.

Keep in mind, that the internet can be a great source for malware! Tread carefully. Paying for a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection offers another layer of protection. Do your research before subscribing.