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Chapter 7. Web Security (Opening the Vil... > What Is the World Wide Web, Really?

What Is the World Wide Web, Really?

Because you’re reading a book on computer security, and especially a chapter this far into the book, I think I can assume that you’ve at least heard of the World Wide Web. But what is it, really?

The answer is probably simpler than you think. The World Wide Web (I’m going to just call it the Web to save time) is a series of linked documents and applications. Yup, that simple explanation describes the Web, but it certainly is a vast oversimplification too. To get a better understanding, we have to look under the hood a bit.


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