What are plug-ins?
A plug-in is a small application that works with your browser to display certain types of web media. For example, some web sites use Shockwave to allow you to play interactive games. However, in order to play these games, you need to have a Shockwave plug-in. Oh, if you want to check out some of these games and more, head to:
How do you know which plug-ins you’re going to need? Don’t worry about it. When you get to a site that requires one, your plug-in will either run automatically or, if you don’t have it, there will be instructions for getting it.
For the most part, newer browsers come with the most common plug-ins. You may need to update to the latest version from time to time, but that’s an almost automatic procedure too.