Techie Terms Part Two

Virtual Assistant Techie Terms

Here is part two of techie terms – enjoy!

Kerning refers to the spacing between the characters of a font.

Keywords words or phrases that describe content. They can be used as metadata to describe images, text documents, database records, and Web pages.

LAN stands for “Local Area Network,” is a computer network limited to a small area such as an office building, university, or even a residential home.

LDAP stands for “Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.” If you want to make directory information available over the Internet, this is the way to do it.

Localhost refers to the local computer that a program is running on.

Malware short for “malicious software,” malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system.

Meta Tag is a special HTML tag that is used to store information about a Web page but is not displayed in a Web browser.

MySQL pronounced either “My S-Q-L” or “My Sequel,” is an open source relational database management system.

Name Server translates domain names into IP addresses. This makes it possible for a user to access a website by typing in the domain name instead of the website’s actual IP address.

Open Source when a software program is open source, it means the program’s source code is freely available to the public.

Operating System or “OS,” is software that communicates with the hardware and allows other programs to run.

Phishing when phishers attempt to steal your personal information through email.

Ping is a test to see if a system on the Internet is working.

POP stands for “Post Office Protocol.” POP3, sometimes referred to as just “POP,” is a simple, standardized method of delivering e-mail messages.

Protocol when computers communicate with each other, there needs to be a common set of rules and instructions that each computer follows. A specific set of communication rules is called a protocol.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is made up of small memory chips that form a memory module. These modules are installed in the RAM slots on the motherboard of your computer.

Remote Access is the ability to access your computer from a remote location. Programs like PC Anywhere (Windows), Remote Access (Mac), and Timbuktu (Windows and Mac) allow users to control remote computers from their local machine.

Router is a hardware device that routes data (hence the name) from a local area network (LAN) to another network connection.

RSS is a method of providing website content such as news stories or software updates in a standard XML format.

Screenshot or screen capture, is a picture taken of your computer’s desktop.

SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” SSL is a secure protocol developed for sending information securely over the Internet.

Server is a computer that provides data to other computers.

Sitemap sometimes written “sitemap,” is an overview of the pages within a website.

Template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document.

Thumbnail image is a small image that represents a larger one.

URL is the address of a specific Web site or file on the Internet.

USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus.” USB is the most common type of computer port used in today’s computers.

VLOG is short for “video blog”.  A vlog is a blog, or weblog, that includes video clips.

Whitelist is a list of items that are granted access to a certain system such as an email address.

WHOIS is an Internet service that finds information about a domain name or IP address.

WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get.”

I’d love to hear your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

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  1. Leslie Rivera

    This is a wonderful resource, Susan – thank you so much! I’ll be sure to point my clients to it.

    • Susan Mershon

      Thank you Leslie!


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