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The pixel width and height a computer's screen supports. Typical
values for this are 1024x768 and 800x600.
On the Internet, an information-finding program used to find and
retrieve information based on keywords indexed in databases.
Search engine optimization (SEO also search optimization) is the
process of editing and organizing the content on a webpage or
across a website to increase its potential relevance to specific
keywords on specific search engines and importantly ensuring that
external links to the site are correctly titled and in
A computer that handles requests for data, e-mail, file
transfers and other network services from other computers both
locally and remotely.
A service provider is a company that supplies Internet access or
other hosted products to personal users or businesses. See ISP.
A site is the term given to a place where information can be
found on the World Wide Web. (i.e. A website)
The electronic equivalent of junk mail.
The term spyware refers to a broad category of malicious
software designed to intercept or take partial control of a
computer's operation without the informed consent of that machine's
owner or legitimate user. Spyware differs from viruses and worms in
that it does not usually self-replicate.
Structured Query Language (pronounced SQL or Sequel). A language
used to create, maintain and query databases. SQL uses common
English words for many of its commands, which makes it easy to use.
It is often embedded within other programming languages.
A technique for transferring data so that it can be downloaded
and processed in a continuous stream rather than waiting until the
entire file is downloaded. This technique is increasing in
importance for audio and multimedia, as users are increasingly
impatient to have to wait until a file is completely downloaded in
order to view it.
The Internet Protocol Suite (commonly TCP/IP) is the set of
protocols used for the Internet and other
A protocol in the TCP/IP suite that enables individuals to log
on to and use a remote computer as if they were sitting at a
terminal directly connected to the machine.
In terms of networking, a device with a keyboard and a monitor
that is connected to a computer, such as a mainframe, through a
communications link or cable and that relies on the larger machine
for processing and data.
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
Stands for Uniform Resource Locator or, sometimes, Universal
Resource Locator, the address for a resource (document) on the
The term refers to a method of accessing your email via a
webpage rather than an email client (e.g. Microsoft Outlook).
A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program. A worm
uses a network to send copies of itself to other computers and it
does so without any intervention. In general, worms harm the
network whereas viruses infect or corrupt files on a targeted
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