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Blog entry by Justus Musinguzi

Surviving and Thriving in the Vast World of Internet and the Web

Ever stopped to ponder how your device connects to billions of others across the globe? This digital marvel of interconnectivity that we know as the Internet, and its subset, the World Wide Web, are the focus of our Computing Bridging Course 1 lesson on Using the Internet and the Web.

The Internet, essentially a global computer network, allows computers and devices worldwide to communicate with each other. The World Wide Web, one of the services on the Internet, consists of billions of web pages, making it the primary service we use to find information online. We discuss various methods of connecting to the Internet, from mobile to fixed connections, and touch on web browsers' common features.

Web browsers are pivotal for navigating the web, and understanding their features such as the back, forward, refresh buttons, the address bar, and tabs can enhance your online experience. We also emphasize the importance of search engines and share tips on using them effectively to find online information. The practice of considering the heading, web address, and short extract of a search result before clicking on it is recommended.

We delve into the security aspects of Internet use, stressing the importance of unique usernames and passwords for each online account. Cyber threats are real, and the first line of defense against them is a secure password. Recent shifts in password creation suggest that a longer password can often be more secure than a complex one.

We also touch on the use of captcha tests and two-factor authentication as additional security measures. These tools add an extra layer of protection to your online accounts and are particularly useful in proving that the user is a human and not a bot.

Creating and maintaining secure passwords is vital for online safety. We discuss strategies for keeping your passwords secure, such as using different passwords for each site and keeping them secret. Avoiding writing down or sharing passwords with anyone is crucial in ensuring the safety of your online accounts.

In this digital age, we must be vigilant about our online safety. Understanding the basics of Internet use, mastering web browsers and search techniques, and taking steps to secure our online presence are all vital skills. Our journey into the digital world has only just begun, and we invite you to join us as we continue to unravel its mysteries in our lesson on Using the Internet and the Web.

Remember, the digital realm is vast and can be dangerous if not navigated wisely. Protecting your digital footprints is more than just a necessity; it's a responsibility. So, arm yourself with knowledge and venture confidently into the digital universe.

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