Out of the Box Solutions Blog

Intro to Your Tech: Plug-In

Intro to Your Tech: Plug-In

Ahh, the Internet. It’s an incredible tool that helps people all over the world get work done on a daily basis. It’s often thought of as a tool to achieve a means, but like any other tool, it works best alongside others just like it. Plug-ins are additional ways that web-based applications and software solutions help make your use of them even better.

What Defines a Plugin?
In its simplest terms, a plugin is a supplemental application that allows for additional functionality in a web browser or software application. These can be quite helpful and useful, as they will automatically run alongside the software’s code rather than opening up another window or instance of the application. They can allow you to view content in an entirely different way, or they might offer additional tools of their own that allow for a more enriched experience.

There are so many plugins these days that it’s unfathomable to think about the possibilities. You might already be using some of them, like Adobe Acrobat, Flash Player, Microsoft Silverlight, Java, and QuickTime Player.

Where Do Plugins Come From?
Plugins have existed since the beginning of the Internet, where HTML code wasn’t prepared to handle intensive tasks like videos or online gaming. To get around this issue, plugins were created to help showcase this troublesome content. The plugin works with the browser to render the content.

This same approach has been used for quite some time, but the same strengths and weaknesses of plugins still exist to this day. These weaknesses have fueled developers with a desire to make great advancements and improve their methods. One example of this is a plugin that runs separate from a browser while still being able to interact with it. While plugins have traditionally been separate from other content on the web, there is more effort than ever before being placed on integrating the two closely.

So It’s the Same as a Browser Extension?
It’s not quite the same as a browser extension--the difference lies in how much data either one can access. A plugin works in largely the same way no matter which browser is being used. The plugins are essentially added to an individual page. In comparison, an extension is built into the browser itself. In this way, it can be utilized by any page the browser opens up.

Did you learn anything new about plugins? Let us know which tech terms you’d like us to cover in the future.

Businesses Thrive with Dedicated Proactive Mainten...
Smartphones Are at the Center of the Internet of T...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, September 23 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Business Computing Technology Tech Term Network Security Cybersecurity Privacy Smartphones User Tips Malware Hardware Internet Communication Microsoft Passwords Data Communications Cloud Managed IT services Ransomware Android Wi-Fi Email Employer-Employee Relationship Mobile Devices Small Business IT Support Business Management Applications Collaboration Backup Innovation Saving Money Efficiency Google Business Intelligence Browser Social Media Productivity Network Blockchain Hosted Solutions Cortana Information Computers Data recovery Internet of Things Business Tech Terms Save Money Networking Windows 10 Gmail Wireless VoIp Automation Software Hackers Marketing IT Services Artificial Intelligence Workplace Tips Virtual Assistant Cost Management Analytics Cloud Computing Bandwidth Managed IT Service Users Outsourced IT Wireless Charging Data Backup Mobile Device Remote Computing Patch Management Virtualization Computer Compliance VPN BDR Data Management Hard Drives Trends Phishing Microsoft Office 365 HP Tactics Content Filtering Remote Monitoring and Management Settings Storage HIPAA disposal Bring Your Own Device Comparison Mobile Security Microsoft Teams Telephony Miscellaneous Antivirus Printing User Tip Reporting SSD A.I. Data Breach Access Control Document Management Telecommute Microsoft Office IT budget Workers Dark Web Hard Drive Value Hybrid Cloud Specifications Amazon Holiday Physical Security Connectivity Medical IT Lead Generation Network Attached Storage Operating System Company Culture Voice over IP Staff Dongle Paper Facebook Movies Sales Authentication Paperless Office Smartphone Maintenance Gadgets Analysis Battery Apps Millennials Error Processors Cables eCommerce Laptop Technology Tips SaaS Password Managing Stress Ink Twitter Tablet Authorization Digital Data loss Router Managed Service Streaming Media Business Technology Vulnerability Machine Learning Database Voice over Internet Protocol Conferencing Plug-In Online Shopping GDPR Environment Government PowerPoint IT Management Inventory Unified Communications Excel Spam Websites Internet Explorer Managed IT Services Backup and Disaster Recovery Downloads Touchscreen Spyware Cybercrime Office Proactive IT Telecommuting WannaCry Server Management e-waste G Suite Big Data Sports Server Data Protection RAM Knowledge Office 365 Edge Virus Safety Threat Tip of the week Alert Printers Troubleshooting Quick Tips Disaster Recovery Regulation