Depending on where you bought your computer, it probably came with a browser that starts at a corporate web site – Dell – Apple – Gateway. The first thing you probably do when you get to this page is go somewhere else.
Change your start page to something more useful. For many years I used a custom page that I created. A late version of it can be found here. This page has every “normal” thing I do listed with a link. I can check my web mail, login to Blackboard, view the news and go to my favorite pages. There is even a Google search at the top. Ten years ago, my start page used Alta Vista as the search engine. Times change.
Now I use Protopage as my start page. Protopage overcomes the main problem I had with my original start page – ease of change. My old page required me to edit the HTML of the page. That almost always involved FTP’ing the file as well. It was difficult enough that I didn’t add temporary links like I do now. Just today I added three links to my Protopage. I put them in the “test” window. This is where potentially useful things go until I can decide if I really will use them often. If I use the link enough, I will keep it. Otherwise, I will remove it.