Article | Technology terminology
Confused about acronyms and initialisations in computing and the internet?
Then check out our comprehensive guide to making things clearer.
Virtual Private Network
A VPN allows you make a secure connection to another network over the internet.
Wireless networking technology that allows computers to communicate over a wireless signal.
HyperText Transfer Protocol
A method for encoding and transporting information between a client (such as a web browser) and a web server.
Voice Over Internet Protocol
A telephone connection over the Internet, data is sent digitally, using the Internet Protocol (IP) instead of analog telephone lines.
Random Access Memory
Hardware component installed as memory modules
Software as a Service
Software that is deployed over the Internet rather than installed on a computer.
Local Area Network
A network of connected devices that exist within a specific location.
Internet Service Provider
The company that provides you with your internet connection.
Joint Photographic Experts Group
Image file format, commonly used by digital cameras to store photos
Portable Network Graphics
Compressed raster graphic format. A popular choice for graphics applications.
Tagged Image File Format
An industry standard file format designed for handling raster or bitmapped images.
Graphics Interchange Format
A lossless format for image files that supports both animated and static images.
Portable Document Format
File format for capturing and sending electronic
documents in exactly the intended format.
A layered Photoshop graphics document
World Wide Web
A collection of webpages found on a network of
computers. Your web browser uses the internet to access the web.
Uniform Resource Locators
Web browser addresses of internet pages and files.
Post Office Protocol, version 3
Standard mail protocol used to receive emails from
a remote server to a local email client.
An identifying number that is associated with a specific computer or computer network
Central Processing Unit
The principal part of any digital computer system.
File Transfer Protocol
A set of rules that networked computers use to talk to one another
Universal Serial Bus
An external serial bus interface standard for connecting peripheral devices to a computer.
Additional content that can be downloaded within a PC or Mobile video game.
Article by Software Hub
All details are correct as of October 2020.