thanks for all your feed back.
I see now that it makes sense not to surf the web as root & the best option is to su from a user account when something needs to be done as root.
the original reason i asked was because i was teaching myself about apache (as root - bad habit !??! ) & went to check by fireing up the browzer & pointing to http://127.0.0.1
i now know better, thanks again for your input, although i will try viciousfish's sujestion just to see what happens.