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common name for a web browser. A piece of software that displays web sites and web pages on a computer or other Internet-ready device.
communication between two or more people, typically in real-time. Electronic mail is generally not considered chat, because it is not two people writing back and forth in conversation simultaneously.
Electronic mail. One of the most popular uses of the Internet. Allows for communication between people when one person is online and one person is not online. An e-mail address is a place where someone can contact another person, typically in the format
Caution: Be careful when reading e-mail. Most email that looks like its from a bank, credit card company, mortgage company, eBay, PayPal, etc, is actually a criminal trying to rip you off or steal your info.

To stay safe, NEVER click links in an e-mail message that takes you to a page that asks for ANY INFORMATION from you. Instead, go directly to the site. For example, if you want to check on your eBay account, open your web brower and type If you'd like to learn more about protecting yourself from this crime, go to Google and search for "phishing."

HyperText Markup Language. The code that tells the web browser how to interpret a web page.
Global Network of millions of computers that are able to communicate with one another based on a standard protocol.
Internet Protocol, typically refers to the Internet Protocol number, such as, which is much like a house address or phone number. When you request information such as a web page, or send e-mail, this IP is recorded along with it. In addition, IP's are used to track crackers (computer hackers who break the law.)
Internet Service Provider. Someone you typically pay in order to be connected to the Internet. Usually provides you with an e-mail address and a phone number to dial into with your modem.
something embedded in a web page that gives instructions on what a web browser should do once the user clicks it. Kind of like a "shortcut" for the Internet.
Computer hardware that "talks" to an ISP, tranfers data, and such. Most modems can also be set up to receive and send faxes (when they are not connected to the Internet.)
to be logged on to the Internet, typically actively doing something.
Search engine
a piece of computer software that retrieves data relative to a query from a large database of information. Typically, a search engine is a web site with this software, and is used to find other web sites after the user enters keywords.
WWW / World Wide Web
the part of the Internet based on the HTTP protocol. Commonly accessed with a web browser.

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