Setting up my browser

What browsers are specifically recommended by CalWeb?
We recommend using a fairly recent browser with CalWeb Internet Services. Older versions of the web browsers may not support the code used in web pages, have security holes, or problems with security certificates. We recommend using Internet Explorer 5 or later or Netscape 4.7 or later.

If you purchased a new computer system, it probably has an Internet browser and a E-mail client already pre-installed on the system.

Where can I download the latest browsers?
We have provided this download links for various web browers.
Mozilla FireFox (Recommended)

Microsoft Internet Explorer


Once you click on the link above, it will ask if you want to save the program, or Open/Run the program the program from the current location. Select either the Open or Run option, then click OK. The setup program will take 5 minutes to transfer, and then the setup program will run. Follow the prompts, and the up-to-date version of the browser and e-mail program will be transferred to your system. It will take up to 2 hours for the current versions to be transferred over.

Windows 95 Users: Internet Explorer 6 (and later) and Netscape version 6 (and later) will run on Windows 98 and later systems, and will not run on Windows 95 systems. If you running Windows 95, we recommend installing either Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape Communicator 4.7x.

Macintosh users: Please check the Microsoft Web Site or Netscape's Web Site for the latest versions of the browser software.

How can I change the home page?

First, browse to the web page which you want displayed when you start up the browser. Then…

Internet Explorer 5/6 – Click on Tools, then Internet Options. Click on the General tab. In the home page section, click on the Use Current button. Then, click OK.

Netscape Communicator 4/Netscape 6 & 7/Mozilla – Click on Edit, then Preferences. On the left side, select Navigator. In the home page section, click on the Use Current Page button. Then click OK.

I'm browsing the internet, and notice that separate browser windows are popping up (or behind) the web page I'm looking at. Occasionally, I also see some animation on the web page I'm viewing advertising a product. Is CalWeb doing this?
No. Many web sites are advertiser supported, and, with the Internet advertising market sagging, they are relying on more aggressive ways in order to view the advertising. It is these web sites, not CalWeb, that are generating the advertising screens through code on the web site. CalWeb has no control over these windows, although there are programs available that try to put a stop to the pop-up advertising.
What is this security encryption, and how does that relate to me?
When you enter some web sites (i.e. Online banking, Shopping, Changing Your CalWeb Password), you will be sent to a "secure web page". This is usually indicated by an icon of a lock in the locked position at the bottom of the web page and the web page address begins with a https:// . This allows you to send confidential information across the Internet, such as a credit card number in order to place an order. The information is scrambled so that only your browser and the web server can read the information, while the connections in-between see gibberish. Usually, 40-bit or 128-bit encryption is used to transfer sensitive information, and some financial institutions require the stronger 128-bit encryption to access the web sites. Fairly recent versions of the web browsers support the 128-bit encryption automatically.
What are "cookies"?
A cookie is collection of information, usually including a username and the current date and time, stored on the local computer of a person using the World Wide Web, used chiefly by websites to identify users who have previously registered or visited the site. Some examples include web-based bulletin boards which remember your user name and password so you don’t have to re-login every time.
Do you monitor which sites I go to on the Internet?
For privacy reasons, no. However, many web sites collect information about people who visit their web sites. Some of the information collected include:
  • Where you are logging in from
  • What browser and operating system you are using
  • What screen resolution you are using
  • What page did you come from prior to visiting that particular site
  • What pages are popular, and at what times

Often, this information is used by the web designers to improve the design of the web site and take advantage of various features offered by various browsers. If a site designer, for instance, knows that most of the site visitors use Internet Explorer, they can customize the site to take advantage of some of the features offerred by Internet Explorer.

For More Information...
For more information about using your browser, visit the following home pages.

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