There are literally billions of websites on the internet, making a huge range of information available to you. However, it can be quite daunting when you’re trying to locate that one site that you know holds the answer!

This is where a search engine comes in. You type relevant ‘keywords’ into a search engine, which then looks for pages throughout the internet that contain those words and thus might hold the answer to your question.



Being vigilant on the web and protecting yourself from online identity theft

Using the internet is great to search for what you are looking for, but before you do, think about the questions you need to ask yourself. How best can I find the information for which I am searching? What facts about myself do I feel comfortable revealing to online companies that request information about my identity? 

Nowadays, cyber criminals can use popular search terms to spread malicious software that can infect a users computer and, in some cases, steal a user's identity. McAfee's report suggest keywords such as Free Music Downloads, Game Cheats, Free Ringtones and Solitaire as being the most dangerous web searches. 

1. Be vigilant of the search results generated by each keyword. Some websites carry unwanted adware, spyware, and other malicious software. 

2. Be aware of online games - some often prompt you to install plug-ins or register with a name or email address. 

3. Lots of scammers choose search engines over email spam - to avoid this adjust your internet browser settings so that the browser doesnt run any program unless you allow it to. 

4. Be aware that websites that promise free downloads of movies and music may lead you to a risky website. 

5. All major search engines use cookies - cookies are saved as a record of your preferance but can also be used to store and track your activity online. 


For this guide you'll need:

  • A computer with internet access.


Step 1: Finding Internet Explorer on Windows 10

To open Internet Explorer, select Start and find Internet Explorer in your programs list. Alternatively, you can use Cortana to enter Internet Explorer in Search . 

Tip: You can pin your favorite apps to the taskbar. Open the app or program, press and hold (or right-click) the icon on the taskbar, and select Pin to taskbar .

       Windows 10 Pin to start and taskbar


Step 2: Using Internet Explorer

Go to your browser’s address bar and type in the address of the search engine website – for instance,     


Step 3: Using a search engine

All you have to do is enter some keywords in the space provided – called the ‘search box’ – and then click Search

For example, if you put ‘holiday’ and ‘Mauritius’ into the search box and click Search, you’ll come up with page after page of companies offering holidays in Mauritius.

A search engine can be used to look for products, companies, people, information, images, directions and maps. You’ll never again be frustrated by having that answer on the tip of your tongue … just Google the keywords!


Step 4: Controlling your privacy on your browser

If you go to your Internet Explorer settings, you can configure your privacy, and tailor it to suit you. To do this go into Settings and then hit View Advanced Settings. 

privacy settings

There are many search engines available on the internet. Here are just a few of them:

  • Google is probably the best-known search engine, so much so that in 2006 it became a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary!
  • Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine, is usually built into the Internet Explorer browser.
  • Originally called ‘Ask Jeeves’, it was renamed as in 2005. It was then relaunched recently as Ask Jeeves... again! It responds to full questions rather than to keywords.
  • Yahoo! is also a popular search engine.


Updated on 15/05/2018