Internet Quiz BY Jerry Thompson
I have found that many people, while they use the Internet, they don’t understand it. They hear or see terms without understanding how they can impact your internet experience.
Look over this list of words or abbreviations. How many do you know?
- The Web
- Browser or web browser
- Address Bar
- Front End
Are you finished? How do you think you did?
Some words get confused, such as the Internet and the Web. The Internet (Interconnected Network) is the hardware that makes up the Internet. Millions of computers store an unimaginable number of files, images, web pages, databases, and more. These computers are designed to talk to each other and exchange files.
The Web refers to the software that runs on the Internet. All the files you download, all the web pages you visit, the videos you watch, or the games you play are part of the Web.
Browser or Web Browser
Most of the Internet is written in code or language. Names for the legend include Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Personal Home Page (PHP, now stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
However, the code or language needs to be translated. That is the function of the browser or web browser. The browser interprets the code and builds a page that humans can understand and enjoy.
Significant browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. A typical human cannot enjoy the Internet without a browser.
If you want to see what the page looks like, right-click on an empty place on the web page, click “View Page Source,” and see what it looks like before the browser makes it pretty for us. NOTE: This does not work on all web pages. Try different pages if the first does not work.
At the top of the screen, just below the tab, you will see a row of buttons and a long white rectangle you can type in. That is the address bar. The actual web address is a series of numbers or codes. For example, the web address for the Lake Country Echo is lcecho.com, and the web address of the web server is 18.104.22.168.
You can also perform an internet search there. You can add your search terms in the address bar and hit enter.
URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, a domain name or web address. The web address consists of a name followed by an extension. For example, www.lcecho.com or lcecho.com will both take you to the Lake Country Echo website. The “.com” is the extension. Common extensions or .com, .net, and .org. Hundreds of new extensions are available now, such as .school, .consulting, and .xyz.
The front end is what you see and interact with. Whether it is a simple web page or an amazon shopping cart, that is the Front End.
The back end is everything you cannot see that makes the website work: databases, web scripts or code, configuration settings, and more.
The Web is also called a cloud. it makes you think that you are in another part of the world looking at someone’s web page; when you close it, you return to your computer. That is not precisely accurate.
When you type in a web address, your computer talks to a web server, asking for the web pages stored on that server. That server says okay and downloads the pages into your computer with the requested information. Suppose you have an older computer or a slower internet connection. In that case, pictures might appear one at a time, or not all the text is visible right away. The page becomes visible in stages.
In reality, you are looking at the web page on your computer.
All these web files are stored in the cache. When you close a web page, those files may not be deleted, and they build up and take up gobs of space on your hard drive. That is why when you have problems with a web page, they tell you to delete your history or clear your cache. The old pages conflict with the new pages.
Programs like ccleaner.com are beneficial and make it easy to clear your cache.
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the protocol that connects you to that web server and requests the webpage you are asking for. It is at the beginning of every web address, but it is not always displayed.
The biggest problem with HTTP is that it is made of plain text. Some programs can intercept your request, copy the transferred data between computers, or redirect you to another server.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) encrypts the data you request and the resulting web page so they cannot be intercepted. It can still be blocked, but the encryption makes it unreadable by the person trying to capture that information.
For brochure sites where they are only presenting information, HTTPS is not necessary. However, HTTPS is your shield protecting your data on websites where you send personal information or credit card data.
How did you do?
Did you know most of the terms? I hope this helped you better understand how the Internet works.