Understanding how the internet works
The internet is a worldwide network of computers all connected to each other by telephone lines, cables and satellites. It’s like a huge library of information. On the internet you can read the news, shop, pay bills, send emails, watch television programmes and more.
What is a Web Browser?
You view websites and webpages in a web browser, which you can normally open from a shortcut on your desktop. Two of the most popular browsers are Internet Explorer now called Edge, Firefox and Chrome.
Using a Web Browser The information on the internet is contained in websites and on webpages. To connect to the internet, you need an Internet Service Provider or ISP, and broadband. Your mobile phone company, home phone, cable television provider or even your local supermarket chain can offer you an internet connection
The Address Bar displays the address of the website you are on.
Every website has an address, which is also called a URL. For example, the URL for Tech With No Limits is: www.techwithnolimits.co.uk
All web browsers have similar features. At the top of the browser you will find an address bar.
To go to a website, you need to put an address into the address bar:
To protect yourself when shopping online follow these tips:
A web browser also has a toolbar. You use the toolbar buttons to move around websites and update webpages. Click the:
Browsing the internet and using links
A website is like a book which has a front cover or home page, and lots of other pages, which are called webpages. To explore a website, you need to click on its links. This is called ‘browsing’ or ‘surfing’ the web. A link can:
Links are highlighted and your cursor will change to a hand when it moves over one.
Bookmarking pages – This feature come in handy when you are trying to save a page to show a friend or if you want to come back to it later
To activate it Left click the star at the right-hand side of the Address bar this will display a menu
| The star turns blue and this box appears|
1) In the box labelled 1 you have a choice you can either leave the label as is and Move on to next box or you can enter a custom name for this page.
2) This is where you can choose your location to save your page You can choose from Bookmarks Bar, Other Bookmarks, you can choose the option Choose another folder this will bring up another box for you to create a new custom folder.
3) Click the Done button to save your bookmark.