7 Valuable Internet Browsing Tips for Less Tech-Savvy Users

The time we spend on the World Wide Web varies from person to person. Some like to focus on entertainment by consuming media or reading interesting pieces. Others treat the internet as a source to learn and make money.

And then there are those who are casual and do not have a specific goal in mind. Instead, they go for what they feel like. 

If you fall in the casual demographic, there is no need to change your stance so long as you are having fun and believe that you are getting the most out of the internet. And in case you want to improve the overall experience, consider the tips mentioned in this article.

Block Sites

Let’s start with blocking websites. If you have children and do not want them visiting specific sites, there are options to prevent them from doing it. Or maybe you want to stop procrastinating by visiting specific sites?

Most internet browsers are hassle-free when it comes to limitations. You can block websites on safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and so on.

At the same time, you might be looking for a more permanent solution. If so, get in touch with your internet service provider and ask if they can apply a domain ban for your IP address.

Ignore Suspicious Links

Shady URLs can come from social media messages and emails, to name a couple of examples. With the latter, the frequency is not as big these days because many email service providers have smart systems that block suspicious messages from reaching recipients’ inboxes.

Nevertheless, in case you encounter a URL that is not looking right, you are better off ignoring it. Even if it has a hook, such as claiming how you have won a prize and need to click the URL to claim it, the rule of thumb is to ignore such things and even report them. 

Despite its many wonders, the internet can be dangerous, and users should do their best to stay safe on the World Wide Web.

Install Relevant Extensions

Not all internet browsers have extensions, and this is where the likes of Google Chrome can reap the benefits of the feature.

One of the biggest reasons why Chrome is the go-to internet browser is precisely the available extensions.

For many, ad blockers are usually the first choice. Some users go as far as installing multiple ad blocker extensions. Some are general, whereas others are meant for specific websites, such as YouTube. The difference between not encountering ads and seeing them online all the time is like night and day.

Besides ad blockers, you have Grammarly, which works as a tool to fix errors in your writing. Automated text expanders come in handy as well if you want to save time not having to type the same thing over and over. 

If there is something you want to do on Google Chrome, the odds are that you can find an extension for it.

Having said all that, keep in mind that you will find a lot of different extensions by checking the extension store. Be sure to research them, so you do not end up with a mediocre option when there is a better alternative.

Finally, do not go overboard and install too many extensions. If you do, the performance of the browser will drop because of the clutter.

Try Different Internet Browsers

Trying different internet browsers might seem unnecessary if you are satisfied with what you are using right now. However, since internet browsers are free, you should still consider checking what each has to offer.

Opera, Safari, Vivaldi, Tor, and Edge are some of the less popular internet browsers when compared to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. 

Who knows, you might discover that a different browser has something that you have been missing, and switching was a good idea. Not to mention that you can use multiple browsers at the same time. 

Learn Shortcuts

Learning keyboard shortcuts is a good way to become more efficient at using your internet browsers. For instance, you might want to quickly remove the browsing history, close the browser or one of the tabs, open a new tab, and so on.

Check the official sources of the internet browser you are using with a quick Google search, and you should find relevant keyboard shortcuts to use and memorize.

Bookmark Pages

If you do not want to lose the name of a website, simply bookmark it so you can return to it. Bookmarks are a great way to keep track of favorite links, and you can sort various types of websites and other content into folders for more clarity directly on the browser.

Install Updates

The last bit of advice is to install updates. And by updates, we mean not just the browser but also the device you are using. Be it a computer or a mobile device; the operating system should be up to date.

Missing updates means missing performance improvements and the latest features, in addition to potential security holes that you can fix only with the recent patch.

Bryan V. Root
Bryan V. Root
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