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Web client

Web client

Web client definition

A web client is a software application that uses hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) to format, transmit, and receive requests, web content, services, or resources from web servers. It’s often called a web browser — but a web client is a wider term that encompasses both web browsers and web applications.

See also: web server, webpage, HTTP

Examples of a web client

  • Chrome. Developed by Google, it’s one of the most popular web browsers in the world.
  • Firefox. An open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, known for its focus on privacy and customization options.
  • Zoom. A tool for creating and joining remote meetings or conferences.
  • Brave. A privacy-focused web browser that blocks ads and trackers by default.
  • Vivaldi. A highly customizable web browser that lets you personalize it with various themes and features.
  • Tor Browser. Routes internet traffic through the Tor network, which conceals your identity and location.
  • 3CX. A software for making calls, sending chat messages or documents, or giving remote presentations.

Dangers associated with web clients

  • Security vulnerabilities. Malicious actors are quick to exploit unpatched bugs and vulnerabilities in browsers.
  • Malware and phishing. Malicious websites use web clients to distribute malware, spyware, or adware to your device.
  • Privacy. Some web clients collect user data for various purposes, including personalized advertising and website analytics.
  • Tracking. Web clients store cookies to monitor a user’s online behavior. Cookies serve legitimate purposes like session management, but they can also be used for unwanted tracking.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security