Attachment - A file which is ‘attached’ and sent with a standard text email message. Often photographs or Word documents are attached to emails.
Archive - The place on a website where you find old articles, stories etc.
Broadband - A permanent high-speed internet connection. It receives digital information at about 100 times faster than a dial-up modem and is “always-on”.
Bugs - Errors in a piece of software or web page that can make it break or work strangely.
Download - Getting a file onto your computer from another computer on the internet.
Email - Electronic mail. Messages (sometimes with attachments) sent over the internet from one email address to another.
Firewall - A program which sits between your computer and the internet and watches for hacking, viruses or unapproved data transfer.
Flash - A plug-in application you download which allows your browser to show animations.
Homepage - The ‘front page’ of a website, where you’re told what’s on the site, how to get around it and how to search for things that’ll interest you.
Icon - A small picture which, when you click on it launches an application, program or acts like a link on the World Wide Web.
Internet - Millions of computers around the world connected together by telephone lines, cables or satellites.
Internet Explorer - One of the most popular web browsers, designed by Microsoft.
ISP - Internet Service Provider. An ISP is the company that provides internet connections.
Local Area Network (LAN) - A network of connected devices that exist within a specific location. LANs may be found in homes, offices, educational institution, or other areas.
Link - Words or pictures you can click on which take you from somewhere (an internet page, an email message etc.) to somewhere else (another page, a picture etc.).
Logging in - Using a username and password to prove your identity so that you can enter your computer or internet account.
Network – A network consists of multiple devices that communicate with one another. It can be as small as two computers or as large as billions of devices.
Offline - Describes when your computer is not connected to the internet.
Online - Describes when your computer is connected to the internet.
Refresh/Reload - The button that you use to download a web page again. In Internet Explorer it’s called “Refresh” and in Mozilla Firefox “Reload”. You should press this button if for some reason a web page appears not to have loaded correctly.
Register - Some websites ask you to give your name, email address and other personal information in order to view pages. This is called registering.
Router – A device that routes data (hence the name) from a local area network (LAN) to another network connection. A router only allows authorized machines to connect to another authorised computer systems. Most routers also keep log files about the local network activity. (Hardware)
Search engine - A search engine is usually a website which allows you to search the internet for information. The search engine lists results that relate to your key words.
Software - Any programs such as word processors, email applications or internet browsers.
URL - Stands for Uniform Resource Locator, the technical term for the address of a website or document on the web.
Virus - Pieces of code that are designed to reproduce and damage data or system performance. There are thousands of viruses and the numbers keep growing.
Web browser - Software which allows you to surf the internet. A program you use to view web pages and ‘browse’ websites. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are two of the most popular browsers
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