The Internet has become so commonplace that it’s difficult to imagine a world without it. Suffice it to say, we are celebrating today — the very day in 1969, when a UCLA student sent the first-ever electronic message.
So what if the message “login” only transferred the first two letters before crashing! We’ve made it this far — to a time when you have the whole world in your hands, thanks to that all powerful high-speed Internet.
You likely use the thing everyday. But how well do you really know those key Internet terms? Test your know-how by checking off all the words and phrases with which you’re familiar!
Bandwidth: the volume of data that can that can be transmitted over the Internet in a certain amount of time; synonymous with Internet speed.
Cookie: A piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which stores and returns the information to the server when the webpage is accessed. The most common kind is storage of a user ID.
Domain Name: a web address.
Download: the transfer of data from one computer to the one you are using.
DSL: also known as a digital subscriber line, a method of transferring data over regular phone lines.
Ethernet: A common way to connect a local area network, or LAN, to the Internet.
GIF: A common format for static and/or animated image files.
Homepage: the first webpage that is viewed when your browser is opened.
HTML: also known as hypertext markup language, a coding language to create webpages that can include text, links, pictures and sound and video.
IP Number: a unique string of numbers tied to every machine on the Internet.
JPEG: the most common format for image files.
LAN: also known as a local area network, a group of computers that share the same network and are usually in the same location, such as a floor of a building or a building itself.
Modem: a piece of hardware that converts data so it can be transmitted from one computer to another via a telephone line.
Plug-in: a piece of software that adds features and functions to your web browser.
Router: a piece of hardware that facilitates communication between your connected devices and the Internet, typically through a modem.
Upload: the transfer of data from your computer to another computer.
Virus: a piece of computer programming code that is capable of replicating itself, displaying messages and installing and/or deleting other software or files. They spread by attaching themselves to programs and files. (For other cybersecurity terms, click here.)
VPN: also known as a virtual private network, a connection method used to create encrypted access to a public network, like a Wi-FI hotspot.
WAN: also known as wide area network, a network that spans a large geographical area and connects many smaller networks, including LANs.
Wi-Fi: a method for connected devices to communicate to the Internet wirelessly.
So, how many did you check off?
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