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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 abundance
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.
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 Internet.
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 computer.