Imagine life without the internet. A nightmare? It sure is. This is because there is nothing in life that is untouched by the internet. The technology allows instant and easy access to information anywhere at any time just with the click of a button. Besides, it helps us socialize with people all over the world, shop online, listen to music, watch movies, and do more. So, what is it that’s helping gain access to all the content on the web? It’s web a browser – a software program that allows us to view and navigate web pages or websites.
There have been significant events in the development of web browsers over the years. The first web browser developed was WorldWideWeb. Invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1990. In 1993 another browser named Mosaic was released, which made the internet easy to use with its innovative graphical interface. The Mosaic-influenced Netscape Navigator was introduced in 1994 which became a very popular browser. Microsoft then introduced the Internet Explorer (IE) in 1995. By integrating IE with Windows, the company was able to gain dominance in the industry. In 2003, Apple launched Safari which remains the dominant browser on Apple platforms. In 2004, Mozilla launched Firefox as Netscape Navigator faded out. Google then made its entry into the browser market in 2008 with the launch of the Chrome browser. It has been a great success and has remained dominant since its launch.
Recently, Chrome got a new security feature called Chrome 65 which was released recently on Mac, Windows, and Linux before launching on Android devices. On Android, the update brought with it features such as new language preferences, a simplified view for reading articles, and a new feature that helps strengthen security on mobile devices. With Chrome 65, screenshots are now blocked on Android devices when browsing is performed in private mode. However, this feature improves security in only Android devices. In April 2018, Microsoft launched an extension called Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google Chrome. Available for free, the extension is designed to protect you against online threats such as phishing and malicious websites. This is achieved by using the Microsoft real-time protection features it bakes into its Edge browser. In short, Chrome is now a safe browser that comes with several features aimed at protecting users. In March 2018, Google announced that that the next update to Chrome (version 66) includes changes to autoplay videos such that the browser will only play videos automatically if the sound isn’t playing by default, if you click to interact with the site, or you’ve previously shown an interest in media on the site.