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Essential I.T. Jargon Demystified for Business Professionals

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 27 September 2023
Essential I.T. Jargon Demystified for Business Professionals

Navigating the Digital Landscape: Demystifying Essential I.T. Terms

A solid understanding of Information Technology terminology is essential in business. This blog aims to explain five terms that we come across everyday and are part of the foundations of I.T. terminology.

1. IP Address:

An IP address is like a digital postal code for devices on a network. It's a unique combination of numbers that identifies your device and allows it to communicate with others over the internet or a local network. Think of it as a phone number for your computer.

2. DNS (Domain Name System/Domain Name Server):

DNS is like the internet's phonebook. It translates human-friendly domain names (like www.example.com) into IP addresses that computers use to identify each other on the network. So, when you type a web address, DNS ensures you're directed to the correct website.

Domain name server is a server responsible for keeping the file that contains information about the domain name(s) and corresponding IP addresses (zone file) as well as for providing the above-mentioned information during DNS queries. Domain name servers are a fundamental part of the Domain Name System.

3. VPN (Virtual Private Network):

A secure tunnel over the internet, allowing safe access to a private network from anywhere. This means you can connect to your company's internal resources safely, even if you're working from a coffee shop or your home office. VPNs are invaluable for safeguarding sensitive data from prying eyes and ensuring your online activities remain confidential. Essential for remote work and privacy.

4. Firewall:

Imagine a firewall as a security guard for your network. It's a barrier that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing traffic based on a set of predefined security rules. This helps protect your network from unauthorized access and potential threats.

5. Ethernet vs WiFi:

These are two different methods of connecting devices to a network. Ethernet involves using physical cables to directly connect devices, providing a stable and generally faster connection. WiFi, on the other hand, uses radio waves to connect wirelessly. It's typically more convenient but may have slightly slower speeds compared to a wired connection.

I hope these explanations add to your understanding of computer terminology and will make I.T. conversations easier.

Where to find more information

If there is any terminology you would like explained please contact Loyal I.T. Solutions at 02 4337 0700 or reception@loyalit.com.au. We are here to help.

Michael GoodwinAuthor:Michael Goodwin
About: Michael Goodwin began his career in Information Technology in 1992 and he brings a wealth of experience to his is current venture - Loyal I.T. Solutions. Based on the NSW Central Coast, Loyal IT Solutions services businesses large and small from Sydney to Newcastle.
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