Let’s discover the best features that are available on today’s World Wide Web (WWW).
It is undeniable fact that we are living in the era of information and the thing that is making impact in this era is the World Wide Web (WWW) technology.
Nowadays, people use online services that are available on WWW. These services are live on WWW through (as) a website and web application. Such services are, maps or navigations, electronic message exchange, electronic commerce, and etc. When companies gives these services every day, people around the world will use it by having trust at the same time. So the benefit is for all.
There are many amazing features that are available in the World Wide Web (WWW). These features are known to be a real time-saver, lifesavers and also adds additional protection while people and service providers use (spend time on) the internet.
Maybe some of you readers already know about them but other people who are new for WWW have limited knowledge or even have difficulties when using these features of www technology. So for this reason, I have made it simple for all of us to know and understand them easily.
Long time ago, people were able to use websites without any problem but after some times, bad people were causing some issues on websites. And the issue became a serious reason for the destruction and unusual behavioral attack on many websites. It could be many reason for these people to act in a bad manner, but it is also clear that the intention of their attack through automatic (Bot, malicious software) and manual method is to cause damage on the website.
Examples of attack are bruteforce password hacking technique and DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service). Both are very dangerous attacks and the DDOS is known to be deadly for a web system because it causes the resources to be taken by limited devices and make the service completely unavailable for other users around the world.
For this purpose, a reCaptcha was developed by Google, a giant multinational web services and products provider company, to protect websites and web applications from bot and other malicious software attacks and to make it available for the next user.
Google defined reCaptcha as:
reCAPTCHA is a free service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse. A “CAPTCHA” is a turing test to tell human and bots apart. It is easy for humans to solve, but hard for “bots” and other malicious software to figure out.Google, Developer of reCaptcha
Wikipedia also defined reCaptcha as:
reCAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA-like system designed to establish that a computer user is human and, at the same time, assist in the digitization of books or improve machine learning.Wikipedia
This feature allows users to login to multiple websites by just one credential. With this feature of technology, a user be able to become a member of any kind of website, if the website has a Single Sign-On feature installed on it.
In most cases, you will see a button saying “Continue with Google” or “Continue with Facebook”. That means the website has already setup a Single Sign-On feature with Google and Facebook. So Any one with an active Google or Facebook account can log in to the website with just one simple click.
It could be strange to know how this works. And the feature works like this:
- A user has already created an account on Google Gmail Service orother social media Account.
- The website owner has connected the site to Google using API and setup a Single Sign-On button.
- When a new visitor or returned user clicks on the Single Sign-On button, the user’s information will be shared to the website and the user will be logged in to the website automatically. Sometimes the user will be redirected to Google or other social media platform to allow the public information to be read by the website.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
2FA is an identity confirmation feature of WWW technology, allows users to protect their account from unauthorized access even if the password gets hacked by bot or real person. The 2FA works when the user implements a secondary login method to confirm the login after entering the correct username and password. The method can be used by SMS or 3rd party 2FA Apps like Google Authentication which can be downloaded from Playstore for free.
While being fully secure on WWW is impossible, but the 2FA is the most successful project when it comes to protecting an account from unauthorized access. So It is always encouraged to use it when it is offered by website owners.
Browser Add-ons are small software specifically made for browsers. The main purpose of browser add-ons is to add functonality which cannot be found on a browser. Mostly they are available and can be downloaded from browser stores, like Chrome Store and Firefox Extension Store.
FOR EXAMPLE: Let’s say you want to check your spelling error while writing online and you want this functionality on your browser. Or you might be interested to screenshot a webpage or even a site security and review feature that will let you see a rate and a security status of each website you visit.
SOLUTION: For this purpose, you can easily download and install Spelling error checker add-on from the add-on store.
Content Management System (CMS)
As the name suggest, it is professionally made software application that will let any person who has a basic understanding of computer and WWW to manage web content or enterprise-level applications.
Most of Web CMS applications are specifically made for web content management and are also available online. So any person can download them easily and for free. Plugins (add-ons) are available for free to increase functionality.
The Enterprise level CMS applications are available as SAAS (Software As A Service), Trial, Freeware with an option to upgrade functionalities through add-on and plugins.
Most CMS requires zero or little knowledge of coding. So a user can use it to manage digital contents easily.
Example CMS are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento (eCommerce), Prestashop (eCommerce), Wix, and etc.
Credit Card Processing and Delivery System
Nowadays people can buy products online and track their items easily. To make these services available, a Credit Card Processing and Delivery systems are used by companies like PayPal, Amazon, DHL, and etc.
There are many features of web technologies we can quote, but the above are mostly known and useful for everyday life on World Wide Web users.
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