Part of your email software where you store details of your ‘friends and contacts’ email addresses (7,4)
Address Book
Software helps protect yourcomputer from viruses (9)
Anti-virus
Another word for computer programme (11)
Application
The place on a website where you find old articles, stories etc (7)
Archive
A file which is sent with an email (10)
Attachment
A technical term for copying files onto disk or CD-ROM for safe keeping (6)
Backup
Means Blind carbon or courtesy copy. This box allows you to send an email to more than one person but their email addresses are hidden fromother recipients (1,1,1)
Bcc
A permanent high-speed internet connection (9)
Broadband
Errors in a piece of software or web page that can make it break or work (3)
Bugs
Means Carbon or Courtesy Copy or Typing an email address or string of email addresses in the this box will send your mail to those additional addresses as well as the main recipient (1,1)
cc
When your computer temporarily stops working. It may pause or freeze up, or tell you to restart or quit (5)
Crash
The flashing vertical line on the screen that shows you where you are and where the next character you type will appear (6)
Cursor
Selecting text, images or files and deleting them from one place while putting them in another (3,3,5)
Cut and paste
amera that takes photographs and stores them on disks or smart cards rather than on film (7,6)
Digital Camera
Software which runs hardware attached to your computer like a modem, printer or scanner. New hardware normally comes with a CD containing the necessary drivers to install on your computer.
Driver
Getting a file onto your computer from another computer on the internet.
Download
Clicking on an icon or selection, holding the mouse button down and moving the mouse to ‘drag’ the selection to a new location. When the mouse button is released the item is ‘dropped’.
Draganddrop
Electronic mail. Messages (sometimes with attachments) sent over the internet from one email address to another.
Email
A ‘complaint’ by the computer that something has gone wrong, maybe including an code’.
Errormessage
Frequently Asked Questions. A list of standard answers to questions which newcomers to a topic or website may have.
FAQ
Data stored on a disk. There are two types: ‘program files’ (with instructions that make up software applications, e.g. Word) and ‘data files’ (files created by you and me, e.g. a letter or photo).
File
A program which sits between your computer and the internet and watches for hacking, viruses or unapproved data transfer.
Firewall
A plug-in application you download which allows your browser to show animations.
Flash
Unauthorised access to a computer, its files and programs by a ‘hacker’, a computer expert who can break through its security.
Hacking
The place inside your computer where you save documents, pictures, applications, etc. Hard drive/Hard
disk
The ‘front page’ of a website, where you’re told what’s on the site, how to get around it and how to search for things that’ll interest you.
Homepage
A series of letters, numbers and characters that you enter to get into your computer, internet connection, email or websites that you are registered with.
Password
The button that you use to download a web page again. In Internet Explorer it’s called “Refresh” and in Mozilla Firefox “Reload”. You should press this button if for some reason a web page appears not to have loaded correctly.
Refresh/Reload
Some websites ask you to give your name, email address and other personal information in order to view pages. This is called registering.
Register
A website which allows you to search the internet for information. It lists results that relate to your key words.
Searchengine
Any programs such as word processors, email applications or internet browsers.
Software
Junk email sent to many people at once, usually involving advertising or offering services. SPAM is very deeply frowned upon by most internet users, and where it involves advertising or a false return address it is particularly disliked.
SPAM
Stands for Uniform Resource Locator, the technical term for the address of a website or document on the web (e.g. www.bbc.co.uk).
URL
A series of letters and numbers you type into your computer, email account or other computer network service to tell it who you are.
Username
Pieces of code that are designed to reproduce and damage data or system performance. There are thousands of viruses and the numbers keep growing.
Virus
Software which allows you to surf the internet.
Webbrowser
Text which is arranged in a non-linear fashion and which you continue reading by clicking on links.
Hypertext
A small picture which, when you click on it launches an application, program or acts like a link on the World Wide Web.
Icon
The folder in your email program / webmail where you get your incoming emails.
Inbox
Millions of computers around the world connected together by telephone lines, cables or satellites.
Internet
One of the most popular web browsers, designed by Microsoft.
InternetExplorer
Internet Service Provider. An ISP is the company that provides internet connections.
ISP
Direct marketing sent by email rather than by the post. Junk
Junkemail
A small, portable computer which can be battery operated as well as run from the mains.
Laptop
Words or pictures you can click on which take you from somewhere (an internet page, an email message etc.) to somewhere else (another page, a picture etc.).
Link
Using a username and password to prove your identity so that you can enter your computer or internet account.
Loggingin
A family of computers developed by Apple.
Macintosh
The folder which contains a person’s individual items such as an inbox, outbox, sent items, notes and calendar.
Mailbox
The storage and thinking parts of your computer. More storage ? on your hard disk (ROM) means you can save more files and more thinking ? (RAM) means your computer can perform more complex tasks quicker.
Memory
The display screen on your computer.
Monitor
Describes when your computer is not connected to the internet.
Offline

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