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Navigating the web is a component of our lives. Its pathway begins with a browser that navigates us across the worldwide web; the information byway that has revolutionized modern-day society. There are 100s of browsers, most assuredly, but the ones most American’s use are Google Chrome, Safari, Fire Fox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Torch and SeaMonkey. These browsers have software components that serve up such things as tabbed browsing, autofilling, bookmarking, zooming, password managing, parental controls, emailing, etc. The browsers are configured in system software like Mac OS, Windows Vista, Android, iOS, Windows 8. These are the latest “systems” driven by the type and age of the computer you own and operate. Naturally, compatibility and speed are the most important aspects of web browsing, or the internet life. You want what you seek to load quickly and lineup with the keyword searches you type into the browser, AKA the search bar. What you type in gives the computer directives on what to bring forth onto your desktop. The other three things you want to look for in choosing the software browser are feature sets, security and if they have good help and support systems in place.
As you likely know security is a very important thing when you’re online. Your personal information has to be secure or your passwords, web-forms, bank info, etc could get into the hands of scammers. There are many scammers on internet, so when you choose a browser, pay attention to the level of control you have over your information. All the aforementioned browsers have stellar security systems, so it comes down to your personal preferences. I like Safari as I’m a Mac person and think like it does. I am also a “Google” person versus Yahoo. I like the way Google delivers information. I like it’s “ethic” and we have shared so many online memories, I think of the giant as my friend and caregiver. That combo—Safari | Google—is like wearing a comfortable pair of sweats to me. Navigation is simple and the information I like pops up instantaneously.
Wikipedia says, “Web navigation refers to the process of navigating a network of information resources in the World Wide Web, which is organized as hypertext or hypermedia. The user interface that is used to do so is called a web browser. A central theme in web design is the development of a web navigation interface that maximizes usability. A website’s overall navigational scheme includes several navigational pieces such as global, local, supplemental, and contextual navigation; all of these are vital aspects of the broad topic of web navigation. Hierarchical navigation systems are vital as well since it is the primary navigation system. It allows for the user to navigate within the site using levels alone, which is often seen as restricting and requires additional navigation systems to better structure the website. The global navigation of a website, as another segment of web navigation, serves as the outline and template in order to achieve an easy maneuver for the users accessing the site, while local navigation is often used to help the users within a specific section of the site. All these navigational pieces fall under the categories of various types of web navigation, allowing for further development and for more efficient experiences upon visiting a webpage.”