A web browser is a software program or application used for getting, presenting and sending lots of information from resources available on the World Wide Web. Browsers interpret the coding language of the Web in graphical form, showing the translation rather than the coding. By this method, it allows everyone to browse the World Wide Web by the simple pointing and clicking navigation. Although the web browsers are primarily created to access the internet, they can also be used to access data and information provided by web servers in some private networks and other systems.
There are lots of available web browsers in the internet and each of them has their own characteristics and signature. There are Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome to name a few. These new browsers have different ways of saving information and remembering them. The browsers now can retain information that when you access it again, it can pull up even the first website you have visited when you first started using the browser. But earlier versions of web browsers such as Netscape do not have this unique functionality. Every web page visited but then closed is not retrievable through history. While you have a lot more privacy, you have less access. This inspired developers to create web browsers that have advanced ability to track and record internet usage and history.
When communicating online the computers use little packets of data and code that directs the receiving computer applications or software to respond in the way they are requested to. The packets are bits of information that can be used to go back and revisit the file that was previously accessed. This browser ability makes the user to be more productive in his web surfing because users can do more on the internet in just a short time. This little bit of information is then saved as browser history or internet files that are stored in the browsers memory. You may not know how much information is stored by the browser. The browser can remember all the web sites you have visited, passwords and logins you have entered and that information you have sent and received on the internet. This information is saved in the browsers internet files, caches, history and temporary files. With this information available, the browser can easily access pages with just a few keywords needed. This allows for easier access, faster loading of web pages and the luxury of not having to type in web sites over and over again.
However, this information may also affect computer performances due to the size of the computer memory it is using and the risk it poses when exposed to spywares and other malware. Also, it poses a great risk with regards to privacy and personal safety. So knowing that the computers web browser stores information about your internet activity, delete the browser history from time to time for protection against online scammers and spywares. Always be careful of websites you visit as anyone can just access the sites you have been after you have used the computer.