The internet is full of terms and abbreviations, it's easy to lose track of what they all mean. Below is a list of commonly used terms!
Mbps - Mbps stands for megabits per second. It is the most common measurement of Internet speed, or the rate at which data is transferred from one location to another.
IP Address – IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address. An IP address allows for one computer to communicate to another through the internet. Every device that connects to the internet has an IP address.
Bandwidth – Bandwidth, also known as data usage, refers to the amount of data you send through a modem connection.
Browser – A browser is a free program you use to access content on the internet. Examples of a browser would be; Google, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.
Firewall – A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that helps keep out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet. If you are a home user or small-business user, using a firewall is the most effective and important first step you can take to help protect your computer. It is important to turn on your firewall and antivirus software before you connect to the Internet.
Gigabyte- A gigabyte (GB) is a measure of data storage capacity. It is roughly equal to a billion bytes. For a better understanding about how much usage 1 GB is, please try our Usage Calculator: "http://www.sparklight.com/pages/datacalculator.html
Network – A network is when two or more computers are connected to each other.
URL – URL stands for Uniform Resource Locators. A URL is a web address of an internet page. An example of a URL would be: http://www.examplewebsite.com
Modem – a device that connects to Sparklight's cable internet service.
Router – a separate device from a modem that manages internet connectivity at home. Usually also provides wireless connectivity.
Phishing – Phishing is the act of trying to collect your personal information by means of sending an email that appears to be from a reputable source. Scammers use this method in hopes to be able to collect your personal information.
Spam – Spam is usually classified as junk email or an unsolicited email you may receive.
WiFi - WiFi is how you can access internet wirelessly around your home.
ISP- ISP stands for Internet Service Provider