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Glossary of Common Online Acronyms - see what acronyms your teens might be using in text messages and online.

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AntiVirus Software
Detects and removes computer viruses.
Applet
A Java program usually used on the Internet to display animations and videos or allow you to access interactive functions including calendars, calculators and music players.

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Bandwidth
The speed by which data travels over a network (ie. from the Internet to your computer).
Blacklist
A list used for exclusion. Usually used by software to create a list of email addresses to block, sites to not allow traffic to, and computers to not permit access. In Net Nanny you can create a blacklist of sites you would not like your users to be able to see.
Block Porn
Need a powerful tool to block porn? Net Nanny is a powerful tool that allows you to block porn or other objectionable Internet content from entering your home. It comes with powerful protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which can be easily customized to meet the unique needs of each family member. You decide what type of content is appropriate for each family member and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your principles.
Blog
As an abreviation for "web blog" these allow people to communicate with others (most often in an informal conversational manner). Blog owners can post stories, pictures, videos and music for friends and family to see.
Browser
A piece of software installed on a computer which allows the user to find and view/hear information on the Internet. The most popular browsers are Firefox, Safari and Opera.

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Cache
A file stored on the hard drive of computers in which the Internet browser stores previously accessed data so that future requests for that data can be processed more quickly.
Chat
A feature provided by many Internet web sites by which individuals can communicate (usually by typing messages to each other... sometimes by using a microphone and their voice) with others instantly and often anonymously. Chat is a primary tool of cyber predators, enabling them easy access to communicate with children. Net Nanny includes powerful tools to block sites with chat room functionality.
Chat Room
A page on the Internet where computer users can go to chat/communicate with other computer Internet users in real time. These chat rooms are similar to Instant Messenger (IM) programs but do not require any software installation and are often quicker/easier to access. Also, unlike IM programs access to these chat rooms is less filtered and is thus a more dangerous place to communicate. Chat rooms are a primary tool of cyber predators, enabling them easy access to communicate with children. Net Nanny includes powerful tools to block sites with chat room functionality.
Check Hard Drive
Want a clean hard drive? ContentCleanup is an easy-to-use tool that checks every file on your computer for questionable content. It audits your computer for inappropriate sites, words and file names-virtually anything that might be objectionable. When ContentAudit performs a check on your hard drive it locates questionable content and displays the information about the file so you can determine if it is unwanted. Once you've audited your computer, you can clean it with ContentCleanup, then continually filter inbound Web content, email/spam, and pop-up windows with Net Nanny Home Suite.
Clean Hard Drive
Want a clean hard drive? ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you achieve a clean hard drive. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate, and are almost impossible to delete. ContentCleanup can solve these problems and provide a clean hard drive, which will free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Clean Your Computer
Your computer may contain hidden or temporary Internet files left behind from surfing the Web. Frequently as you surf the Web, sites that you visit "push" information onto your computer without you knowing it and without your approval. These files, if left unchecked or removed, may automatically spawn other objectionable Web sites or transmit personal information without your consent. ContentCleanup helps you safely detect and clean your computer of objectionable files on your PC. With ContentCleanup, you can periodically scan your computer system to ensure that it does not contain objectionable content.
Client Based Internet Filters
"Client based" is a term to indicate that a piece of software is installed and ran directly from an individuals computer. Client based Internet filters, like Net Nanny, provide far superior filtering capabilites versus their counterpart Non-client based filters (which are not installed on the computer and run directly from the Internet). Client based Internet filters are usually quicker, more accurate and more secure than non-client based Iternet filters.
Computer Monitoring
ContentCleanup is an effective computer cleaner that will help you identify, verify and clean your computer by deleting unwanted temporary Internet files. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate, and are almost impossible to delete. ContentCleanup can solve these problems and clean your computer, which will free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Cookie
A small piece of computer data sent from a website to the web browser you are using (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc) which allows the website to identify you. The website will be able to then recognize you as a return visitor for subsequent visits, will be able to log you into the site, etc. Cookies do not give websites any personal information about you. They do help the website gather wide spectrum demographic information about you, including what time of day and from what city you've accessed their site.
Corporate Security
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Cyberspace
A term widely used synonomously for "Internet". It sometimes more specifically defines certain community networking aspects of the Internet, such as chat rooms and social networking sites.

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Data Mining
A process by which companies gather your information for marketing and product customization purposes. Targeted data mining, including the gathering of personally identifiable information (name, age, gender, address, etc.) can pose numerous threats to yourself and your family.
Delete Cookies
Cookies are small files that may contain personal information and can be difficult to identify and locate. ContentCleanup can help you identify and delete cookies, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Discussion group
Simliar to a public forum held during the legislative process at your local town hall, discussion groups allow individuals to "speak their mind" on certain topics, ask/answer questions for one another, etc. While discussion groups can be a helpful tool they can also create a security threat... many cyper predators will enter these discussion boards and annonymously gather information from comments posted by children.
Domain name
A domain name is what you type into the web address bar at the top of your Internet browser to access a website. Just like you have a street address, a domain name is a place holder for an address for websites. Domain names usually end with a .com .net .gov .org or .edu.
Download
Downloading is the process of transfering files from a website/Internet location down to your personal computer. You should only download files from websitew you trust, as computer hackers and predators can send you downloads containing pieces of computer code which can hurt your computer or provide them with your personally identifiable information.

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E-mail
Short for "electronic mail" E-mail is an immediate form of sending messages from one person to another.
Employee Productivity
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Encryption
A process of securing information you send over the Internet. When sending emails, purchasing an item online, or logging into your personal bank account via the Internet your Internet browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) can "encrypt" the information you are sending by scrambling the information (so it looks like super secret code) so that it cannot be intercepted/read by hackers or bad people. When accessing sites with sensitive information you should look for a little padlock to appear in your browser (usually near the top or bottom of the browser window). This lets you know the site you're visiting is using SSL - which means it is secure and is using encryption.
Erase Cookies
ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you identify, verify and erase cookies and unwanted temporary Internet files from your computer. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate. ContentCleanup can erase cookies, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Erase History
ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you identify, verify and erase history or other unwanted temporary Internet files from your computer. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate, and are almost impossible to delete. ContentCleanup can solve these problems, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Executable file
A file which can install itself or act in such a way as to access your computer when clicked upon/downloaded. Executable files include good programs as well as bad ones meant to hurt you or your computer. You should be careful when downloading these from the Internet. Executable file names can end with many naming variations; some of the most popular endings are .exe .bat and .msi.

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File Sharing
The process by which one Internet user can share files with another Internet user. This process is usually enabled by a Peer2Peer software program which connects the users and facilitates the Internet download. File sharing is often misused as individuals share music/movie files illegaly. It can also be used by hackers and bad people to spread viruses and collect personally identifiable information from your computer. Net Nanny includes powerful tools to block access to these potentially dangerous programs.
Filtering software
Filtering software helps ensure your safety and the safety of individuals using computers inside your home. It regulates where computer users can go on the Internet, what times of the day they can access the Internet and can do other great things which can protect the user. The most trusted Internet filtering software, Net Nanny, provides the most filtering features available.
Firewall
Hardware or software that secures computer files by watching Internet traffic coming into your home and blocking anything that may harm you or your computer.
FTP
Short for "file transfre protocol", FTP facilitates the upload/download of files between an individuals computer and a Internet webpage server (where the webpages are stored).

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Hard Drive Cleaner
ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you identify and verify unwanted or uninvited temporary Internet files from your computer. ContentCleanup then acts as a powerful hard drive cleaner to remove unwanted content. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate, and are almost impossible to delete. ContentCleanup can solve these problems, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.

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Instant Message
An immediate method for communication, similar to chat rooms, which allows Internet users to communicate with other Internet users by typing in messages.
Internet
You're using it!
Internet Filter
Net Nanny offers a powerful Internet filter to stop uninvited content from reaching your computer(s). It allows you to filter all types of Internet content and let's you determine what Internet content enters your home or business. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family or employee's unique needs. You set controls for each family member or employee and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your standards. It offers the ability to manage user profiles and usage from a remote location.
ISP (Internet Service Provider)
ISPs are the companies which provide you with your Internet access. They establish an infrastructure (lay cable in the ground, broadcast/recieve Internet signals through the air waves, etc.) which allows you to access the Internet and then they sell you a piece of the access they've created.

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Keystroke logger
A piece of software which records what you type into your keyboard/computer. Keystroke loggers can be installed on a computer in the form of a virus and then used to capture sensitive information you enter into your computer. To prevent download of these programs make sure you are using the latest versions of software, have anti-virus software installed, and are using Net Nanny to block access to bad websites.

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Monitor Chat
Net Nanny offers a powerful Internet filtering tool to block access to chat sites. It even includes the ability to record chat sessions conducted within instant messenger clients. In addition to blocking access to chat sites it allows you to filter all types of Internet content and let's you determine what Internet content enters your home. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family's unique needs.
Multimedia
Files on your computer or the Internet which include music, videos, etc. Multimedia is usually used for entertainment purposes.

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Online Profiling
The process by which hackers and internet predators gather information about an Internet user for the purpose of locating or stealing the identity of that individual.
Operating System
The main piece of software running on your computer that is used to control all the other hardware/software on your computer.

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Parental Control
Net Nanny offers state-of-the-art parental control capabilities to filter Internet content. It is easily customized to meet the individual needs of each family member. You set parental controls for each family member (Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, etc.) and Net Nanny blocks the sites that do not meet your standards. What's cool is that you can manage your home Internet use from a remote location.
Peer-to-peer
The process by which one Internet user can share files with another Internet user. This process is usually enabled by a software program which connects the users and facilitates the Internet download. Peer-to-Peer is often misused as individuals share music/movie files illegaly. It can also be used by hackers and bad people to spread viruses and collect personally identifiable information from your computer. Net Nanny includes powerful tools to block access to these potentially dangerous programs.
Phishing
A scamming/information theft process where identity thieves will cast a large net (send out a TON of emails to a TON of different people) and wait for an email response. Any response will be followed up with requests for personally identifiable information which can then be used to harm the individual and benefit the phisher. They usually pretend to be a financial institution you use, a group with whom you are affiliated or an individual who wants to give you money.
Porn Blocker
Net Nanny is a powerful porn blocker tool that allows you to determine what Internet content enters your home. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family's unique needs. You decide what type of content is appropriate for each family member and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your standards.
Porn Block
Net Nanny is a powerful porn block tool that allows you to determine what Internet content enters your home. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family's unique needs. You decide what type of content is appropriate for each family member and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your standards.
Pornography Filter
Net Nanny offers a powerful Internet filter to stop uninvited content (pornography) from reaching your computer. It allows you to filter all types of Internet content and let's you determine what Internet content enters your home. It comes with powerful protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet each family member's unique needs. You set controls for each family member and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your values.
Porn Filter
Net Nanny is a powerful porn filter to stop pornography from reaching your computer(s). It allows you to filter all types of Internet content and let's you determine what Internet content enters your home or business. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family or employee's unique needs. You set controls for each family member or employee and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your standards. It offers the ability to manage user profiles and usage from a remote location.

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Remove Cookies
ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you identify, verify and remove cookies and unwanted temporary Internet files from your computer. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate. ContentCleanup can remove cookies, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.

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(SSL) Secure Socket Layer
A website protocol/process which allows an inividual to transmit sensitive personal information from their computer to the Internet and vice versa. It uses advanced methods of encryption to make your private information unreadable by any bad people that may want to steal it as it is transmitted to the recipient web page hosting server.
Stop Porn
Net Nanny is the answer. Net Nanny offers powerful Internet filtering tools design to stop porn dead in its tracks. The highly customizable interface allows you to create unique filter settings for each family member putting you in complete control of what Internet content enters your home. Even more cool are the ability to manage your account and user profiles from any remote Internet connection and time of day. It is truly one of the most flexible Web filtering tools on the market today.
Spam
Unwanted email usually sent out for marketing purposes. To prevent spam it is important to not give out your email address to any websites you are unsure you can trust.
System tray
The part of your operating system, usually at the bottom right of your screen, which shows the current tasks running on your computer.

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Temporary Internet Files
ContentCleanup is a simple-to-use tool that will help you identify, verify and erase unwanted or uninvited temporary Internet files from your computer. Most unwanted files are often in the form of hidden files or "cookies" and are difficult to identify and locate, and are almost impossible to delete. ContentCleanup can solve these problems, plus help free up valuable disk space on your hard drive improving the performance of your PC.
Time limiting software
Software which allows you to limit the time an individual can spend on a program, the Internet or a computer. Net Nanny, the most trusted Internet filter, also enables computer administrators and parents the ability to limit the time their users/children can access the Internet. It can even specify certain blocks of time which they should be able to access the Internet.

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Upload
The process by which an individual can send/post/upload a file to the Internet.
URL
Short for "uniform resource locator" a URL is an address for a web site. Unlike a domain name (which includes just the portion after the http://www and ends with the .com/.org/.edu portion) a url includes the entire string in the address bar and is dedicated to a single web page within a site.

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Virus
A small computer program which can harm your computer. Usually downloaded from the Internet from websites which are not secure or which should not be trusted, viruses can access your computer in numerous ways. To prevent download of these programs make sure you are using the latest versions of software, have anti-virus software installed, and are using Net Nanny to block access to bad websites.

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Web Blocker
Web-blocker tools allow you to determine what Internet content enters your home. Net Nanny is a powerful web-blocker tool that provides protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family's unique needs. User profiles can be created for each family member giving you control over what Internet content enters your home. It is the only family-oriented application that allows you to manage your home Internet use from a remote location.
Web Filtering
Net Nanny offers state-of-the-art Web filtering capabilities to filter Internet content. It allows you to determine what Internet content enters your home or business. It comes with maximum protection and pre-set monitoring functions, which you can easily customize to meet your family or employee's unique needs. You set controls for each family member or employee and Net Nanny blocks those sites that do not meet your standards. Net Nanny also offers the unique ability to manage user profiles and usage from any remote Internet connection.
Webmaster
The individual responsible for maintaing a website.
Whitelist
A whitelist is usually a list of computer programs or websites that should be allowed for viewing.