ML-05 Using Applications to Access Government and Other Services

This lesson focuses on how to safely browse the internet, avoid security risks associated with scams, and ensure the mobile device and its content is secure. Participants will be exposed to techniques used to secure their smartphones and make assessments on when it is safe to open links, and respond to requests to share information with others.

On all our mobile devices, there is an application that provides the ability to “Browse the Internet”. Unsurprisingly, applications that do this for us are referred to as “Browsers:. Some examples include:

  • Google Chrome
  • Apple’s Safari
  • Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, now replaced by Edge
  • Firefox
  • Opera Mini

These applications understand how to send data to, and receive data from Web Servers on the internet. They also understand how to display data they receive in a format that is intended to make it easy for us to interact with our computer. This data includes screen layout controls, text fields, embedded videos, animations, action buttons, entry fields etc.