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Several months ago we published an IT jargon buster, with a promise of more to come. So here it is!

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure – the secure version of HTTP, the protocol (process) over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Operating System (OS) – the software that communicates with the computer’s hardware, thus allowing applications to be run on it. It manages resources such as memory as well as access to devices including hard drives and keyboards. Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X are operating systems.

Streaming Media – refers to media content, audio or video, which is received by and presented to the user at the same time that the provider is delivering it. In other words, it has not been downloaded beforehand. Netflix, Amazon and the BBC are all providers of media streaming.

Toolbar – a user interface feature consisting of a strip of icons, buttons or similar controls. Usually found at the top or the sides of an interface window, they offer a quick way to access frequently used controls without having to go through a full menu system.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) – a type of cable connection used to connect an external device, such as a printer, scanner, mouse, keyboard to your tablet or computer.

IP Address (Internet Protocol Address) – a number assigned to every device that connects to a network, whether it’s a home network or the internet. Every single device must have an IP address otherwise they will not be able to communicate to anything on a network.

Server – a high-end computer that sends out information to other computers, either through the internet or a network. Because they are commonly used to deliver services that are required constantly, most servers are never turned off. Consequently, when servers fail, they cause the network users or company many problems.

Firewall – a program or service designed to prevent unauthorised access to a computer or network over the internet.

Download – to transfer a file from the internet to your computer. For example, each time you visit a web page on the internet, you download the information on the page, including any pictures, to your computer. The term download is often associated with pictures, songs, videos and programs.

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