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What is a Browser Session?

Anytime you need to make use of the internet, you usually open up a browser and enter the address of the website that you desire to visit. This initiates a connection that in totality is known as a browser session. A browser session is an entire visit to the website and whatever you do on the website, any forms you fill, links you click on, and pages you visit on the same website will add up to the session. The session is the service that you get via your browser and can be used to determine whether you have benefited from the website you visit or not.

Any internet user will be keen on the website they visit and for most of the part, any website provides a totally unique web browsing experience such as the media and content that is displayed to them depending on their requirements. Web applications, for instance, will have a very different experience in store for everyone that is visiting and this means that the service rendered is tailored to the individual user. The web browsing session takes care of making this possible and provides for a familiar experience for each web user as they all go to visit different websites in a different order and the overall experience is entirely different.

A secure web browsing session is not the same as an ordinary web browser session as there will be greater use of security protocols in the former case. The internet user will be able to keep their conversation with the webserver very private when they are on a secure browsing experience and any information they happen to share with the webserver will be very private and not shared with any third parties. No details given out to the website will be leaked as the security protocols are distraction-free and not open to any form of interruption.

A browsing session will also include everything that gets sent down from the webserver and this includes web pages, images, video, style sheets, and web forms that are expected to be filled by the internet user on the session. In many cases, a browsing session will also include small pieces of code that will temporarily reside on the browser. These are known as cookies and keep track of the entire browser session which provides much more information about the user and how they are moving about the website. Cookies are also used for safeguarding the privacy of the user and are encouraged for modern internet users in order to keep a history of their web habits and act as forensic evidence in case of a cyber-attack.

In conclusion, the entire experience of an internet visit is what we regard as a browser session and will vary from one browser to the other. Some browsers might affect the session by not allowing scripts to run on the website while others will enhance the session by getting you additional tools to enable you to interact with the information better.

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