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Internet and IT Jargon Buster

Browser
A piece of software that allows you to find, view and manage information on the World Wide Web. Information is stored in all kinds of formats but a browser will bring a consistent look to this information and make it easier to access it. Browsers include Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome.

E-Mail
Electronic mail, an electronic way to send messages to anybody that has an email address and a computer with software capable of reading it.

E-Mail Address
An account which can receive electronic mail. The account will be at a web address such as a website and will normally be for one account user. The user will have a unique username. example: user@website.com

File Transfer Protocol(FTP)
A method of making different types of files compatible with each other, and compressing and transferring them from one computer to another.

Home Page
The normal landing page for a website when the website address is typed into an internet browser.

Host or Hosting Company
Normally a company who can provide a server that is constantly linked to the internet.

HTML
Hyper Text Markup Language is a language used for website design and one that can be deciphered and read by Internet Browsers.

Hyperlink
A connection between hypermedia or hypertext documents and other media.

Internet
The worldwide collection of computers and servers that are connected by telephone lines, mobile phone networks or any other communication media.

ISDN
The Integrated Services Digital Network is a digital telephone line capable of transferring much more information, in much shorter times than a normal telephone line.

ISP
Internet Service provider. A company that provides access to the internet. Any telephone company can provide access through a telephone line using a Dial-UP connection and a suitable Modem but most also now can provide a broadband connection with higher speed than Dial-Up can provide.

Java
A programming language enabling the creation of complex websites.

Modem
Modulator-Demodulator. A device that enables computer signals to travel over telephone lines. It converts digital signals from the computer to analogue signals for the phone line and can also convert them back again.

Newsgroup
A facility for internet users to communicate, normally about specific topics. example: Stock Market Newsgroup or Geology Newsgroup.

On-Line
Being connected to the internet.

POP
Point of Presence. A phone number through which users can access an ISP.

Search Engine
A website that has the facility to search the Internet for a phrase or word. The search engine will be able to show a list of web pages on websites that are relevant to the search term. The results in the list will normally have Hyperlinks to those pages in the list. Many search engines are available, the most popular used to be Google but it is now largely an advertising agency. Others include Bing, Alta Vista, Yahoo, Lycos.

Server
A computer dedicated to storing information, data or web pages so that they can be downloaded when a request is made for them. Internet servers are kept by Hosting Companies and rent out space on the server to others that want to display information or web pages to those that have access to that server over the internet.

Surfing
A phrase used to describe the act of looking at pagers on the Internet.

Unique Hits
The number of visits at a website that are the first visit from a particular visitor normally checked by the IP address.

Usenet
Worldwide on-line conferences.

Web Page
A hypermedia document as viewed through a web Browser.

Web Site
A collection of web pages.

World Wide Web
A graphical front end to Internet information normally accessed through a Browser. Although the world wide web, the internet, the net and t'internet(popularised in the UK by comedian Peter Kay) are commonly used in everyday language to mean the same thing the World Wide Web is really just the part of teh internet it that we see through the use of a web browser and a monitor.

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