Internet Definitions

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What is a Web Browser?

  • A web browser is the software program you use to access the graphical portion of the World Wide Web (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc)

What are "cookies" and "cached files?"

  • A "cookie" is one or more pieces of information stored as text strings on your machine. A web server sends you a cookie and the browser stores it. The web browser then returns the cookie to the serve the next time the page is referenced. Cookies are little text files that a web server can store on a user's hard disk. Cookies allow a website to store information on a user's machine and later retrieve it, allowing for more efficient connections to frequently visited web pages.
  • "Cached files" is essentially just another term for cookies.

What is a Proxy?

  • A proxy is a setting which is a gateway that relays one internet session to another. Proxy settings are not very common and this setting usually needs to be removed.