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Browser
A software application for retrieving, presenting and navigating information resources on the World Wide Web.
Cookies
Small text files that are sent to your computer from certain websites. They track your behaviour and transactions.
Credit card
A plastic card, issued by banks, building societies, retail stores and other businesses, which enables a person to buy goods and services without the need for cash. The holder agrees to pay back the money borrowed at a later date, sometimes with interest.
Cyber café
A cafe or coffee shop that has a number of personal computers connected to the Internet and available for use by customers. Most charge by the hour or fraction of an hour.
Debit card
Similar to a credit card, but the money is taken directly from the holder's bank account.
Download
Transfer of a file, e.g. a video, from a central computer to your computer.
E-card (electronic card)
A digital greetings card or postcard created and sent to someone via the Web.
E-commerce
Buying and selling goods electronically, usually over the Internet.
Firewall
A system designed to prevent unauthorised access to your computer when connected to a network such as the Internet.
Home page
This is the first screen of an interactive digital product. It usually has some sort of introduction to the product and a table of contents.
Identity theft
A crime that involves someone pretending to be another person in order to steal money or obtain other benefits.
Link
Allows users to navigate around a product. By clicking on a link, the user can 'jump' to a new screen.
Navigation
If a product is interactive, the user must be able to move around it easily. Navigational aids such as buttons and links are an important feature of interactive digital products.
Navigation bar
Usually placed along the top or side of the screen, this consists of a series of links to other screens. The navigation bar appears in the same position on every screen of the product, making it easy for users to find their way around.
PIN (Personal Identification Number)
A type of password applied to a credit or debit card.
Public domain
Materials that are available for anyone to use for any purpose (not subject to laws of copyright).
Remotely
From a different location.
Verification
The process of checking that the data entered is accurate. The data could be valid but still inaccurate, e.g. someone could enter their age as 81 when they are really 18.
Web app (web application)
Any application that can be accessed using a web browser. The application can be as simple as a message board or guest sign-in page on a website, or as complex as a spreadsheet.