Basic Internet Definitions

Access point
An access point is a wireless connection device. It is used to connect a wireless computing device to a wired network.

E-commerce refers to the business transactions made over the Internet, such as buying and selling items online.

An electronic mail (e-mail) is an electronic form of the traditional postal mail that allows you to exchange messages and files over a network.

The Internet is a worldwide collection of public networks that are linked to each other for information exchange.

IP address
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numeric address that specifies the exact location of a computer on the Web.

An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that provides Internet connectivity to individuals, businesses and organisations.

A modem is a connection device that allows you to connect your computer to the Internet. It converts digital information into analogue information and transmits it over a phone line.

A network is a group of computers that are connected to share resources and exchange information.

When a computer is connected to the Internet, it is said to be online.

Online communities
Online communities are formed by groups of computer users who have common interests and purpose to communicate with each other over the Internet.

Plug-ins are programmes that help you view files, such as animation, audio or video, which are included in Web pages.

A portal is a Web site that offers information related to a specific topic in the form of a directory. A portal acts as a starting point to a number of resources on the Web.

A protocol is a standard method of transferring data between different computers.

Search engine
A search engine is a programme that allows you to search and retrieve information over the Internet.

The Web
The Web, also known as the World Wide Web (WWW), is a collection of information that is accessible on the Internet. This information is arranged logically and stored on computers known as Web servers.

Web address
A Web address specifies the protocol to be used for transferring data between different computers and the exact location of the Web site. A Web address is also known as the Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

Web browser
A Web browser is a programme that enables you to view and interact with various resources on the Web.

Web page
A Web page is a formatted text document on the Web.

Web site
A Web site is a collection of one or more Web pages that are linked together and made available through a Web server.
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