Celebrating All Things Internet on World Internet Day

Monday, October 29, 2018

Happy World Internet Day everyone!

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.

JavaScript: a programming language usually used to create interactive features on webpages.

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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