20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web by Min Li Chan, Fritz Holznagel, Michael Krantz

By Min Li Chan, Fritz Holznagel, Michael Krantz

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Many of us now live a life of cloud computing on the Internet: we read the news, watch movies, chat with friends, and do our daily tasks online with web-based applications right in the browser. Web apps let us do that from anywhere in the world, even if we left our laptops at home. It’s all possible thanks to the evolution of web standards like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, What else is taking shape in the clouds? It takes a modern browser to make the most of the web’s modern features. indd 60 11/19/10 9:28 AM Modern browsers also help protect against malware and phishing.

You don’t have to manually recreate bookmarks of your favorite websites or reconfigure the browser settings on every computer you own. Any changes you make to your sync-enabled browser on one computer will automatically appear in all other synced computers within seconds. In Chrome, for example, sync saves all bookmarks, extensions, preferences and themes to your Google Account. Use any other Internetconnected computer, and all you need to do is fire up Chrome and log in to your Google Account through the browser’s sync feature.

Indd 49 11/19/10 9:28 AM In many ways, fetching and loading a web page in the browser is not unlike making a phone call. When you make a phone call, you’d probably look up the number, dial, wait for someone to pick up, say “hello,” and wait for a response before you start the conversation. Sometimes you have to redial if there are problems connecting. com” into the browser and the Google home page appears. In the next chapter, we’ll look at how we can verify the identity of a website that we fetch and load in the browser through the extended validation certificate.

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