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  Netscape 8.1 - Browser for Microsoft Windows 

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  Configuring Netscape 8.1:

To enjoy all, or at least most of what, the Internet has to offer, it is necessary to configure your browser correctly.  The following tutorial explains some of Netscape's configurations.

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Options from the menu.


The Options window appears.

Browser Options:

Click General.


The General window appears.

Setting the home page:

Home Page:

Location(s):  A home page is the first page that opens when you launch Mozilla Firefox.  It can be any page you'd like.  You can also use a blank page.  Enter the address of the Web site you'd like as your home page.


Configuring the proxy settings:


Most Internet Service Providers offer many services.  Two of these services are content filtering and browsing acceleration.  Both of these can be add and edited here in the proxy setup.

Content filtering  =  Blocks access to unwanted and undesirable web content such as pornographic, violent, or risqué sites.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.
Browsing acceleration  =  BrowseBlast is a service that can speed up your dial-up connection's browsing and e-mail downloading up to 6 times faster.  If you don't already have BrowseBlast, you can contact your ISP for more details.

Click the Connection Settings button.


The Connection Settings window appears.

Select Manual proxy configuration.

HTTP Proxy  =  Enter the Proxy address provided by your ISP.
Port  =  Enter the Port number used for accessing the proxy server.

Click the OK button.

Filtering Settings:   Web Acceleration Settings:


We return to the General window.

Click the Show All button.


We're back to the Options window.

Working with window tabs:

Tabbed browsing allows you to browse several places at one time with only one instance (or window) of Netscape open.  Instead of multiple windows, you can open multiple tabs within the same window.  Simply click the Ctrl+ T keys to open a new tab within the same window.

Browser Options:

Click Tabbed Browsing.


The Tabbed Browsing window appears.

The options in this screen allow you to adjust how you would like the tabs to behave.  There is no right or wrong setting.  Experiment and choose the options you like best.

Click the Back button.


We return to the Options window.

Enabling/Disabling ActiveX, Java and JavaScript:

Security and Privacy:

Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX are integral programming languages of the Internet.  Many designers utilize these when creating their Web sites.  They help to add interactive content to Web pages.  In order to view these Web sites and interact with them the way the programmer intended, you should have these languages enabled.

Click Site Controls.


The Site Controls window appears.

Select the Site List tab.

Web Features:

Note:  You can enable and disable these languages on a per-site basis.

Select the option Enable JavaScript.
Select the option Enable Java.
Select the option Enable ActiveX.

Click the Back button.


We're back at the Options window.

Identity Theft:

Netscape can alert you if you access a page with a questionable privacy policy.  Netscape will do this to help you prevent identity theft.

Security and Privacy:

Click ID Theft Protection.


The ID Theft Protection window opens.

Identity Theft Protection:

When visiting a suspected identity theft site  =  You can enable Netscape to warn you when you access a site with a sub-standard privacy policy.  You can also choose to load the site as you would any other site.

Status:  This simply displays the status of the identity guard as enabled or disabled.

Click the Back button.


We return to the Options window.

Spyware Protection:

Spyware and ad-ware are programs that track a person's Internet usage reporting information back to the companies that made the programs.  It will sometimes generate pop-up advertising, or do other annoying things like change a person's homepage to some new page resisting the users' attempts to change it back.  Spyware ranges from mildly annoying pop-up ads to extremely malicious, personal information-stealing software.  Malicious spyware can track not only browsing habits but personal information as well i.e., credit card numbers, passwords, bank account numbers, etc.  Some spyware can hijack your computer dialing a long-distance, possibly an international phone number charging users exorbitant fees.

Security and Privacy:

Now that we're back in the Options window, click Spyware Protection.


The Spyware Protection window appears.

Netscape 8.1 comes with built-in spyware protection.  This functionality can scan your system to check for known spyware and adware.  You can configure the protection here as well as scan your system.  You do not have to enable this option, but it is here if you need it.

Spyware & Adware Protection:

When visiting a suspected spyware or adware distribution site  =  If you'd like, Netscape can display a warning when you access a site known for distributing spyware.  You can also opt out of this option and select to load the site as normal.
Scan downloaded files for potential spyware and adware  =  Netscape can scan the files you download to check for known spyware.  Check this option if you'd like Netscape to scan the files you download.


To scan your system for spyware, simply click the Run Full Scan button.

Click the Back button.


We return to the Options window.

Clearing the history, cookies, cache and passwords and setting the master password:

Security and Privacy:

Click Privacy.


The Privacy window appears.

Clearing the history:

Page History  =  The Page History is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period.
Search History  =  The Search History contains a list of Web addresses you entered in the address or location bar.

To clear the page and search histories, click the Clear button for each.


Clearing passwords:

Any passwords you've entered and saved in Web pages, are stored in the Passcard Manager.

Click the View Passcards button.


The Passcards window appears.

If you've saved any passwords, the pages associated with those passwords appear here.  You can delete them by highlighting the unwanted password and clicking the Remove button.


Creating or clearing the master password:

The master password allows you to control all passwords with a single password.  If you enable the master password, you can enter it once per session and you won't have to enter any other passwords you've created for various Web sites.

Click the Set Master Password button.


The Set Master Password window appears.

If you've not yet set the master password, enter a new password, confirm it and click the OK button.


We return, yet again, to the Privacy window.

Clearing the cookies:

Cookies  =  Cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as they can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

Expand the Cookies section.
To clear all the cookies, click the Clear button to the right.

If you'd like to view and/or remove cookies one at a time, click the View button.


The Stored Cookies window appears.

Any cookies you've received appear here.  To remove a single cookie, highlight that cookie and click the Remove Cookie button.

When finished, click the OK button.


Clearing the cache:

Cache  =  The cache is a folder containing all the files (text and images) of the sites you visit.  Every word, icon, photo, etc. of the pages you visit are stored in this folder.  Depending on your surfing habits, they can build up quickly.  They should be deleted periodically to improve browsing performance.

To clear the cache, click the Clear button.

When finished, click the OK button to close the window.


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