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Computing Basics: Internet Browsers and Email

Browser Options

Whenever you open a link to a webpage, and even now in viewing this Libguide, you are using a Browser.  A lot of programs, applications, and other services can operate inside a browser, blurring the line between software and websites. There are also different browsers available to use. All four of the most commonly used browsers are installed on TCCD computers:

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Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer

While the browser Internet Explorer may be available on your PC, it doesn't support many active features used by TCCD, Blackboard, and WebAdvisor so we do not encourage you to use it. In order, we would recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead.

 

While Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox allow you to do many of the same things, there are a few small differences between them.

Google Chrome

  • Stays logged in to Gmail, Google Drive, and other services for easier connections between them.
  • Print allows you to save a page as a PDF file for easier viewing.

If you use other google services, this browser can stay logged in to your google account allowing for easier connections between different web services.  However, it means that any services that use targeted ads can utilize your search history very easily as well.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Faster load times for audio and video materials.
  • More options for controlling privacy

Browser Extensions

Browser Extensions are programs that run within a web browser and provided additional functions.  This can vary from having a dictionary available to define unfamiliar words right within the webpage, adblockers to reduce the number of ads you see, or bookmark services that help you organize webpages to read later.  We have a few recommendations below if you'd like to try one out.

Phishing and Scams

Communicating Online

Online communication usually takes the form of email or chat and instant messaging services.  If you'd like to learn more about the differences between these communication styles, you can look at the webpages recommended here.

 

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