Confusing Internet Terms Explained

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Internet dialogue gets used every day and can be quite confusing if you do not fully understand what it means. Below are some terms that the Tranquility team most commonly receives questions about and what they mean or  do.

What is that?

  • Browser – Common browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. These programs display websites and allow you to access and retrieve information from the Internet.
  • URL (Uniform Resource Locator) – Also known as your web address, web browsers use this formatted text string as a shortcut to locate websites in the World Wide Web.
  • Address Bar – Located in the upper portion of the browser, this is where you type the URL address for websites. The address bar also displays the website you are currently visiting.
    This is an example of an address bar.

    This is an example of an address bar.

  • Search Engine – This is the term for resources like Google, Bing, and Yahoo that scan the Internet using keywords entered into a search box. The search engine then finds and displays web pages that contain or are related to those keywords.
  • OS (Operating System) – Common examples of an OS are Windows 8 for PC and iOS7 for the iPhone. Basically, the OS is a software program responsible for allowing communication between the computer hardware and the software. A computer and the programs installed on it are essentially useless without an OS.

Still Confused?

No need to fret if you still do not understand or if you have other questions! Just give Tranquility a call today and they can help you with any concerns you may have.


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