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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Definition: Brute Force Attack

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brute force attack: [brewt fors aht-tack] noun.

In computing, a brute force attack is a trial and error attempt to guess a password by trying all possible combinations of characters until the correct one is discovered. This process is typically automated through the use of software that tries combinations in rapid succession, often speeding up the process by starting with variations of common passwords and dictionary words to improve the chance of success. 
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:00

Definition: Data Compression

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compression : [com-presh-un] noun.

In computing, compressing a file is the act of reducing its size so the same amount of information occupies less disk space or memory. Compression is accomplished using techniques such as representing repeating data patterns in a way that takes up less space. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Definition: Legacy Systems

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legacy systems : [leg-ah-see sis-tems] noun.

In IT, a legacy system is one that's old and outdated, but still in use. A legacy system might be an antique piece of computer hardware, an application that's past its prime, or some old-fashioned process... or all of the above.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Definition: Net Neutrality

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net neutrality : [net new-trah-lih-tee] noun.

Net neutrality, also known as "open internet", is a belief that internet service providers and governments who control access to the Internet should treat all data the same, regardless of what it is or where it came from. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Definition: Cache

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cache : [ka$h] noun.

In computing, a cache is a temporary store of duplicate, frequently-accessed data that's kept in a special location, so it may be accessed quickly, which reduces latency. There are many different types of cache including CPU, disk, browser, and more.  

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Definition: Bandwidth

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bandwidth : [baend-width ] noun.

In information technology, bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be sent through a network channel over a given period of time. For example, a fiber-based internet connection might be capable of transmitting 1 gigabit of data per second, or a particular Wi-Fi connection might be capable of moving 11 megabits per second.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Definition: Metadata

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metadata : [met-ah-dei-tah] noun.

You might have heard the phrase "That's so meta," which people say about something that refers to itself in a humorous or ironic way. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

Definition: Server Redundancy

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server redundancy : [sur-ver re-dun-dan-sea] noun.

In information technology, redundancy means simultaneously running duplicate or backup computer components that perform the same function. When you have redundant servers, if one dies, the backup server can quickly take it's place with minimal interruption to services (this is called failover). 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

Definition: Proxy Server

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proxy server: [prox-eee  sur-ver] noun.

A proxy is an intermediate person or thing that represents someone else, or does a task on someone else's behalf. For example, voting by proxy is the practice of passing your voting rights to a stand-in person, who then casts that vote on your behalf.  There's even a tradition called a proxy wedding, where "one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present, usually being represented instead by other persons."

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

Definition: VPN

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VPN: [vee-pee-ehn] noun.

VPN stands for virtual private network, a computer networking technology that enables users to securely connect to each over the Internet (or a similar public network) as if they were on the same private network/intranet.

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