Computer people are a different breed than regular folk. Sometimes they can be hard to spot if they’re wearing contacts instead of glasses or they’ve left their pocket protector their other short sleeve button up shirt. But, you can still tell one from another by their thick computer accents.
At My New IT Guys, we speak plain English (and also Spanish) but more importantly, we explain everything we do in everyday terms so that concepts can be understood by anyone, even our parents.
Computers aren’t that easy, we just make it look that way
Here’s a short list of internet focused computer words translated:
Adware is free software that is supported by advertisements Most adware is safe to use, but some can serve as spyware, gathering information about you from your hard drive, the Web sites you visit, or your keystrokes.
Affiliate Website affiliates are what drive Internet marketing. Companies run affiliate programs to generate leads and sales from other Websites.
Backlink is an incoming link from an external website to your webpage.
Bandwidth a measure of download speed from your ISP. 4Mb is good 10Mb is better, 50Mb people are my heros. Check your speed today.
BitTorrent is a peer to peer (P2P) file sharing protocol designed to reduce the bandwidth required to transfer files
Blog is short for “Web Log”, get it blog. Blog can also be used as a verb, for example “wow, I blogged my face off last night”
Bot is an automated software the can execute certain commands when it receives a specific input.
Broadband is high speed internet service.
CC is an email term used when a person wants to send the same email to multiple people. It stands for carbon copy stemming from the good ol’ days of memos and bad haircuts. CC can also be used as a verb for example “I’m CCing your sister as we speak” An alternate form would be the BCC which means blind carbon copy used when you don’t want a recipient of an email to see all the recipients of the email.
Cloud Computing quickly becoming the new standard in computer use is where information is stored on a remote source and accessed locally on a computer.
CRM Short for Customer Relationship Management, from the depths of the IT comes software and strategies for managing business relationships with customers.
Cookie records of your actions on a certain website that loads information stored from the website. For example, usernames and passwords.
E-commerce refers to business over the internet. For example Amazon.com or eBay.com
Firewalls limit data that can be transferred over the internet and protects against unauthorized users from accessing data or damaging content.
ISP is your internet service provider. For example Qwest and Comcast would be ISP in Colorado.
Phishing is a way hackers use to steal information by sending emails that appear to come from legitimate sites like ebay or paypal that ask you to enter your username and password.
QR code Stands for quick response code. It’s those square black and white barcodes that carry specific information, from phone numbers to websites addresses.
RSS Stands for “RDF Site Summary,” but is commonly referred to as “Really Simple Syndication.” RSS is method of providing website content such as news stories or software updates in a standard format.
SEO also known as search engine optimization is a method used to get websites to appear at the top of search engines which
Social Networking is a method of sharing profile lives or information with others.
Spam refers to junk email or irrelevant postings to a newsgroups or bulletin boards.
Spoofing refers to tricking computer systems or faking the identity of another use on the internet.
SSL Stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” SSL is a secure protocol developed for sending information securely over the Internet.
Streaming Data streaming, commonly seen in the forms of audio and video streaming, is when a multimedia file can be played back without being completely downloaded first.
URL (pronounced You Are Ell or Earl) also know as an address bar stands for uniform resource locator
VOIP Stands for “Voice Over Internet Protocol,” and is often pronounced “voip.” VoIP is basically a telephone connection over the Internet.
VPN Stands for “Virtual Private Network” (not a successor to the UPN television network). VPN is a network term that most computer users don’t need to know, but at least you can impress your friends by talking about it.
Web 2.0 is term that was introduced in 2004 and refers to the second generation of the world wide web. The term “2.0” comes from the software industry, where new versions of software programs are labeled with an incremental version number.
Web Host In order to publish a website online, you need a Web host. The Web host stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet.