The web browsers now supported on campus—Firefox and Safari—provide pop-up blocking protection built in. The new versions of Internet Explorer on PC’s do too, but the Mac version is no longer supported by Microsoft, and does not include this feature. Pop-up blockers are helpful, because they cut down on the amount of junk advertising that can appear when you surf to commercial websites. However, some of Hampshire College’s Intranet pages also use the same technology as commercial advertising popups, so you could discover that some pages will not load. You might even see a message telling you that popup blocking may be preventing the page from displaying. This is an easy feature to control.
While you are in the Preferences window, you might check out some of the other features that you can control. A common one in the General options is to set your home page, the page that Firefox first opens when started up. In Privacy, you will find that you can turn off the Save passwords and Forms options. This is more secure, especially if you ever purchase anything online and use your credit card on a computer that is shared by others. You will also find an option to clear the cache, which is sometimes necessary to see an updated version of a page.
Internet Explorer (PC)
Save your eyesight!
One handy browser feature under all browsers allows you to adjust the text size displayed on web pages. Find under the View menu.
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