What Is a Browser?

A browser is the software program used to explore and search content on the World Wide Web. It can also be called a web browser or internet browser. Even if you didn’t know it, you’re using a browser right now to view this page!

Google, Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox are all examples of web browsers.

There have been several different web browsers that have come and gone over the past two decades. The first is named WorldWideWeb (later changed to Nexus) was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990. 

The first browser that made a difference, though, and helped make the Internet widely popular was the NCSA Mosaic.

The development of browsers has made universal, easy access to the internet possible.

The material we view and explore on browsers can come in various forms, ranging from pictures and videos to web pages or blog posts. All this content is made available to us at the click of a button.

With that, let’s look at some present-day examples of web browsers.

List of Current Internet Browsers

Here’s a list of internet browsers most commonly in use today:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Apple Safari
  • Amazon Silk

How a Browser Works

Once you’ve opened your browser, you can easily surf the Internet by following hyperlinks, opening multiple pieces of content in several tabs (allowing you to explore more than one thing at a time), and using the search engine of your choice to search for whatever you may want.

What’s more, these pieces of content are typically connected using hyperlinks and classified with URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), which essentially help guide your browser to where you want to go on the Internet.

When it comes to hardware, a browser does need a digital device such as a computer or smartphone that meets the system requirements for it to work. It’ll also require a functioning Internet connection that allows it to connect to the World Wide Web. If there’s no internet connection, you’ll most likely get an error message.

How to Best Use a Browser

Using its navigation tools, it’s usually pretty easy to get around in a browser. But if you want to make the most out of it, here are some tips that can help improve your overall experience:

1. Choose a Theme 

You may not know this, but most Internet browsers such as Google Chrome come with the option to choose a theme of your choice. 

What’s a theme, you may ask?

Well, it’s essentially a combination of colors, images, and a structure creating an appealing and imaginative presentation of your browser for you. So, for example, you may choose a forest theme or a rain theme in Google Chrome. 

Most of us use internet browsers daily. So, setting your browser to your favorite theme or color could make your browsing experience a bit more fun, if nothing else!

2. Bookmark Your Favorite Pages

Simple yet effective, bookmarking your favorite pages is the best way to make your favorite or most accessed places on the Internet appear right in front of you every time you open a browser. 

Your bookmarks appear on the top bar of your browser and can be made more or less visible according to what you may prefer.

Perhaps these can be the sites you regularly need to visit at work, for instance, your email account. In any case, bookmarks can help make your browsing experience smoother and more efficient, giving you faster access to content!

3. Regular Update Your Browser

Every time your browser comes up with an update, you should try to install it right away instead of delaying it. 

With updates also come a faster browsing experience and more quality features. It’s a great way to make sure your browser is in the best shape for your daily internet activities, especially if you have a high digital load job.

Key Takeaway

Internet browsers are the fastest way we have today to browse and explore content in digital spaces. Among the ways you can improve your experience include keeping up with browser updates, installing a theme, and bookmarking your favorite pages. Happy browsing!