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Term Definition
Anti-virus

Anti-virus software helps protect your computer from virus infections.

Archive

The place on a website or email server where you find old articles, stories, emails etc.

Attachment

A file which is 'attached' and sent with a standard text email message. Often photographs or Word documents are attached to emails.

Backup

A technical term for copying files onto disk or CD-ROM for safe keeping so that they are kept in more than one place.

Bcc

Means Blind carbon copy. The Bcc box allows you to send an email to more than one person but their email addresses are hidden from other recipients. Highly recommended if sending or forwarding emails to more than one person.

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".

Browser

A program you use to view web pages and 'browse' websites. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are three of the most popular browsers.

Bugs

Errors in a software or web page that can make it
break or crash or malfunction.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files, stored by the websites in your computer to keep track of which page you visited, how long you stayed in the website, remember the products in the shopping cart, etc. Read more...

Crash

When your computer temporarily stops working. It may pause or 'freeze' up, or tell you to restart or show you a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) with error messages in white letters.

Cursor

The flashing vertical line on the screen that shows you where you are and where the next character you type will appear.

Cut and Paste

Selecting text, images or files and deleting them from one place while putting them in another.

Cut: Select the required text or image and press Ctrl + X or Right click with the mouse and select Cut.

Paste: Click on the place where you would like to paste and press Ctrl + V or Right click with the mouse and select Paste.

Domain

Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses and they are much easier to remember compared to IP addresses.
Example: the domain name microsoft.com represents about a dozen IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL https://www.in2computing.com/index.php, the domain name is in2computing.com

Download

Getting a file onto your computer from a website or another computer on the internet.

Driver

Software which informs the operating system (Windows or Mac OS or Linux) about the hardware attached.
Example: Printer driver files informs Windows that its a printer and the capability of the printer.