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How Will CISPA Affect Me?

A new law called CSIPA could permanently change the way the Internet and the U.S. Government would interact. CISPA directly affects your online privacy. Should you be concerned? 
If CISPA is passed into law, the government will gain direct and unregulated access to your personal online information.

Since the Internet’s rise, the federal government has generally taken a hands-off position concerning the online activities of American citizens. But that’s all subject to change with CISPA—the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—which already cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on April 26th and is now awaiting discussion in the U.S. Senate.

What CISPA Will Allow Government Agencies to Do: CISPA will enable easier and faster cooperation between government counter-terrorism forces (such as the National Security Agency) and Internet providers – as well as social media networks and other web-related companies.

Under CISPA, outfits like the NSA will be able to review any online data generated by U.S. citizens, without following federal wiretapping guidelines (which they’re currently required to do when gathering data).


Like SOPA, CISPA is hotly debated. The battle lines have been drawn. Which side are you on?

CISPA Supporters: Legislators, Movie Studios, IBM, Facebook
Their Position: They say CISPA is absolutely necessary for waging an effective war against terrorism and protecting America’s intellectual property – to help stop the pirating of movies and other media.

The Motion Picture Association is a huge proponent of the bill. And so is Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and authored the CISPA legislation:

“In just the last few years, criminals have stolen enough intellectual property from defense contractors that would be equivalent to 50 times the print collection of the U.S. Library of Congress,” Rogers explains, “(Criminals are) literally stealing jobs and our future. We also have countries that are engaged in activities and have capabilities that have the ability to break computer networks…You can’t just reboot. It means your system is literally broken. Those kinds of disruptions can be catastrophic when you think about the financial sector, or the energy sector, or our command and control elements for all our national security apparatus.”

Against CISPA: The Obama Administration, Microsoft, Verizon, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Their Position: CISPA’s opposition claims the bill will be used to create a “Big Brother” environment in which the government will be given absolutely free rein to spy on U.S. citizens, even if the need for that surveillance has not been legally established. Microsoft recently dropped support of CISPA for privacy concerns.

CISPA’s wording is left intentionally broad and vague. According to the White House, CISPA “effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres,” which means that the Administration thinks the federal government should stay out of online matters as much as possible.

Online Communication Breakdown 
For their part, many communication providers already cooperate with government agencies. On various occasions, Verizon and AT&T have supplied billions of customer records to the NSA. Verizon has also freely shared its customer data with the FBI – without being ordered by a court to do so.

How Will CISPA Affect You? 
If CISPA passes and cyber surveillance begins, the average Internet user would probably never know they have been monitored unless they’re arrested or prosecuted. It’s unclear how and to what degree CISPA’s passage would affect the business of developing websites, or the creation of any other online content.

Does CISPA Have a Chance of Becoming Law?
At first glance, the answer seems doubtful. CISPA faces a rockier road ahead in the Senate than it did in the House, and even if passed by the Senate, the Obama Administration has stated its intention to veto the legislation.


Opponents of CISPA fear giving the government “Big Brother” powers, as in George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” 

The nature of online privacy remains an ongoing concern. Recent years have brought a widespread erosion of online privacy, whether that trust has been violated by the criminal efforts of professional hackers or through the sloppy neglect of online providers themselves, who have not always safeguarded their customers’ information. It remains to be seen if America’s counter-terrorism forces will take part in an even wider erosion—one designed to protect American security at the expense of online privacy.

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Why is Google Blacked Out?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are two bills currently being considered by legislators in Washington, D.C. – if passed, the bills will drastically change the you use the Internet.


No Google Doodle today – Google has blacked out their logo to speak out against SOPA and PIPA. 

What is SOPA? 
What is SOPA? SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act currently in the House, basically, it’s a bill that would censor websites, in addition impose regulations that would limit the way American businesses and web surfers use the Internet. Millions of Internet users and companies like Google and websites like Reddit, Boing Boing and Wikipedia have gone dark today, January 18 in response to the bill and in to raise awareness on the  legislation.

The “Blackout” has already gotten some legislators to take notice – and some have stopped supporting the bill – but the bill hasn’t been killed yet. The Senate will start voting on the bill on January 24.

If you want to get involved (and you should if you want a free and open internet) visit Google’s site and sign the SOPA petition telling Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. Want to learn more? Gizmodo has a great article about SOPA and how it would affect you.

A Free and Open Internet
PIPA and SOPA go beyond piracy, the bills are poorly written and would drastically affect almost everything on the web. For example, under the current terms of the bill, your website could be shut down without explanation, without due process, for no reason. From a technical perspective, the bills will also affect your safety on the net as well.

Web development has changed dramatically over the last few years and will continue to evolve. But politicians must have intelligent conversations and work with business owners and internet users instead of mandating laws. Hopefully today is the day that lawmakers start to listen.

UPDATE 1-20-12
The SOPA bill has been sent back to the drawing board to be redrafted. We’ll keep you posted for any changes or updates to the legislation as they become available. 

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What is the SOPA Bill?

The SOPA bill or Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish anyone, including search engines like Google that link to websites dedicated to online piracy. The bill is currently circulating around Capitol Hill and could mean a drastic change in how the internet works.


No one’s happy about the SOPA bill, including Google Chairman,Eric Schmidt.

Google chairman, Eric Schmidt said the bill would ”criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself.” Google has been leading a pack of tech companies including Microsoft and Apple, who also say the bill is fundamentally wrong.

Policing the Internet
“It’s not a good thing. I understand the goal of what SOPA and PIPA are trying to do,” the Chairman said of the Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act. “Their goal is reasonable, but the mechanism is terrible. They should not criminalize the intermediaries. They should go after the people that are violating the law.”

There’s another bill called the OPEN Act that is an alternative to those piracy bills, but the Google CEO said he didn’t know enough about it to comment on it. The OPEN Act would depend on the International Trade Commission (ITC) to handle online copyright claims. It would “follow the money” (an approach Google’s Schmidt has promoted in the past) – which would ideally force sites to end their relationships with sites that promote piracy.

SOPA also targets the Domain Name System, which experts warned will undermine the security of the World Wide Web. Schmidt also commented on that saying, “What they’re essentially doing is whacking away at the DNS system and that’s a mistake. It’s a bad way to go about solving the problem.” One major supporter of the SOPA bill? The Motion Picture and music industries.

Building – and Breaking the Internet
One thing’s is for sure, web development has gotten more advanced and so have online criminals. In the next few years expect the laws to become stronger and the penalties harsher for those that break them.

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World’s Wildest Web Cams

Before smartphones, web cams streamed video feeds across the Internet. In 1994, Lou Montulli (a Netscape employee) hooked an SGI indycam up to an SGI Indy workstation to take pictures of fish:

Fishcam


“Nemo! Nemo? Nemo!!!!”

Netscape was building these things called “web browsers” and “web servers.” Taking pictures of fish and posting them to the web seemed like a good idea. The camera produced a 640 x 480 pixel image. It took almost 20 seconds of CPU power to capture an image, add overlay text and post it to the web. The image was updated once a minute.

Fishcam broadcasted live images of the fishtank to something called the World Wide Web. Fishcam was the second live web camera to  broadcast on the web and is the oldest camera site still in existence. The original Netscape tank was a 40-gallon oceanic (or salt-water) tank. A year later it was replaced by a larger 90-gallon tank. In 1996, Netscape took the webcam offline.  In 2009, Lou Montulli re-started Fishcam with a 600-gallon tank. Today’s Fishcam has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and it posts images faster than once a second.

Live Las Vegas Wedding Chapel


Viva la Vegas!

Interested in wildlife of another type? They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not with this live cam around. People go crazy in Las Vegas and get married at all hours of the night, and this cam puts you in the thick of the festivities. Now the next time you’re up grabbing a late-night snack, why not log on and check out the 3:45 am wedding ceremony of Bob and Lydia from Detroit?


Keep an eye out for the Beatlemaniacs.

Abbey Road Web Cam  It was the setting of one of the most famous album covers in rock ‘n’ roll history and now there’s a web cam that lets you revisit the famed London intersection (the “zebra crossing,” as it’s also called) where the four Beatles crossed the street in single file, as captured on the cover of 1969’s Abbey Road. The Beatles recorded more than 90 percent of the band’s music at Abbey Road Studios, and now you can check out who’s crossing Abbey Road at any given moment. Hint: Expect to see scores of tourists, who now regularly flock to the site from around the world—one of the most iconic in all of popular music.

Loch Ness Monster Cam Millions of years ago, what is now known as Scotland’s Loch Ness was part of the seas, and many theorists claim that the Ice Age sealed off the lake…and kept any previous creatures within those boundaries. For nearly 100 years, visitors to the boggy lake have remained on the look-out for what may be the most famous resident of Loch Ness—a serpent-like, sea-dragon creature that could be a modern form of plesiosaur. What was that ripple you just observed on the water? Loch Ness Monster cam lets you continue the visual search for “Nessie” while you wait for your fast-food order or sit through a car wash.


This computer might have a bug in it.

Cockroach Cam  The official mascot for the Univ. of South Carolina is the gamecock, or super chicken, but lately the school may be getting known more for another form of animal life being webcast from the Columbia, S.C., campus. Known scientifically as gromphadorhina portentosa (which is Latin for “big, ugly and loud”), the web cam is devoted to showing the daily routine of numerous specimens of giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Why would you want to visit this web cam? We can’t answer that for you, but if you find yourself becoming emotionally attached to the hissing cockroaches, feel free to drop by Room 706 of USC’s Coker Life Sciences Building and meet the “stars” of this cam. Just don’t expect autographs.

Revolutionizing the Internet
Web cams are just one of the Internet’s many revolutions. Aspiring web designers are always looking for the next best thing; the first trick is mastering the basic skills of web development. Computer camps like those run by Digital Media Academy provide the core foundation needed by designers of all types of web sites. Learn the basics of web design and you could build websites that make Internet users take notice — without taking pictures of fish.

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Flash for your iPhone or iPad

It’s been a long time coming, but Flash is finally available for Apple iOS devices. FINALLY – iPhone and iPad users can access content using Adobe’s Flash application. Adobe made the announcement at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam.


“You’re going down, Flash!” Steve Jobs has always hated Flash.

Traditionally, Apple has not embraced Flash. In fact, retiring CEO Steve Jobs has been openly critical of Flash. There are several theories as to why. Nonetheless, the new features in Flash 4.5 (in addition to delivery to iPad and iPhone) include integrated content protection and on-demand stream packaging.

Back in a Flash
For people who want to stream media online, Flash 4.5 gives users the ability to work across platforms, whether it’s Apple iOS operating system, Android, or RIM’s Playbook. However with a price tag of $995, Adobe Flash Media Server isn’t within the range of the casual user, it’s more in line for publishers who are looking to deliver content using it.

At the Amsterdam tradeshow, Adobe also unveiled Flash Access 3.0, which works in conjunction with the software to provide content protection and a monetization solution. The new version lets content providers securely deliver content, regardless of the type of device end users are using. Flash Access 3.0 supports mobile devices like smartphone and Android tablets.

In addition, Flash Access 3.0 enables scalable license delivery on a grand scale so content providers can deliver multiple channels of content potentially to millions of users. Flash Access also supports various industry standards, such as UltraViolet, which lets users create video libraries and access them across with different devices. The new software will be a huge asset to Flash app developers and content providers.

Why Does Apple Hate Flash?
While Flash runs on Apple’s laptops, Steve Jobs and Apple have been against using Flash on their mobile platforms, like the iPhone. Why? Well, think about it; many games and videos run through Flash. Apple sells games and videos through the Apple App Store and iTunes. By supporting Flash, Apple is taking away from their own sales.

Back to the announcement. Ben Rolling, Vice President of Development for AEG Digital Media, which engages in more webcast management than any other company, welcomed the improvements. “Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 improves the stability of our video streams, decreases load times, and helps us better manage encoding and bitrates for an improved end-user experience on mobile devices and online,” he said. “We can trust that it will deliver rock-solid video streams…whether we’re streaming the royal wedding or the Grammy Awards.”

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Facebook Privacy Setting: Updated Features

As several analysts predicted, Facebook is starting to look a little more like Google+. Today Facebook announced it would release easier privacy controls for its users. The changes will begin happening this Thursday when Facebook starts to give users more control over how they share their content.


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

The changes, which Facebook has apparently been working on since the launch of Google+, were announced today by Facebook’s Chris Cox. The update will contain several new privacy options, including many that Facebook users have been clamoring about for some time. The update will also help reduce clutter on Facebook pages, and will give users a better handle on how photos and posts get added to their Facebook pages and more control over who sees them.

New Privacy Settings
- Facebook users are now able to adjust and change your privacy settings each time you post and share. Facebook is adding a drop-down menu at the bottom of the entry field where users enter a status update, or other post. Post/privacy options include “Friends,” “Public” and “Custom.” This is a lot like Google+’s “Circles” feature, and like Google+, Facebook will also include an option for users to change the privacy setting of an update after it’s been posted.

- Privacy settings are now easier to access. Now there’s a drop-down menu next to the profile you want to change. Before, Facebook privacy settings were buried in a settings page.

Tag, You’re It…And Out
- Tags can now be pre-approved by the tagged user. Tags link a person’s profile to a photo or other post. Facebook now provides an option for users to approve any tag in a photo or post before the content is actually linked to their profile. Users also have the ability to approve any tags added to their photos and posts by others.

- Facebook Places is being phased out. Now you can tag your Facebook friends, and tag any posted content, with a location.

The Face of Social Media Continues to Change
Facebook also announced in an interview that it’s looking to acquire about 20 more companies this year. Facebook bought 13 companies in 2011. Google+ has definitely caused Facebook to sit up and take notice, in many ways forcing the company to update its network when before, even Facebook’s own users couldn’t force such changes. Now, more and more, Internet development is at the forefront of technology and Facebook and Google+ lead the social space.

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Skype for iPad: Is it Better Than FaceTime?

It’s the Facebook of video conferencing. Skype has more than 25 million concurrent users and has been dominating PC platforms. It’s now set to dominate tablets (more specifically, the iPad), since a camera is required for Skype’s video chat.


Like desktop versions of Skype, Skype for iPad lets you make video calls to other Skype users (on other platforms) anywhere in the world. With FaceTime, you can only call Apple devices.

How does Skype stack up against FaceTime? Let’s take a look:

Video Quality & Settings
Skype’s video window is similar to FaceTime. However, you can’t move your own picture window around the screen; with Skype it’s locked in the corner. To switch the camera to front-facing, you have to take an extra step to call up the option, whereas FaceTime has the icon on the main screen. Video and audio quality are basically the same, although the video seemed smoother and less stuttery at times with FaceTime. (This was the case for both Wi-Fi and 3G.)
Advantage:  FaceTime

Skype Anyone on Any Device
Apple’s FaceTime is limited only to Apple devices with cameras (such as iPad’s, MacBooks, etc.). In other words, if you’re a Mac, while your friend is a PC, you can’t use FaceTime to talk to them. FaceTime also only works over Wi-Fi. Skype, on the other hand, works over multiple computer platforms and can be used with Wi-Fi and 3G.
Advantage:  Skype

Connecting with your Contacts!
If you’ve already used Skype for a while, you’ve most likely got a hefty contact list. Those contacts are instantly imported when you log onto your account using a tablet. You can also simultaneously instant message the person with whom you’re talking.
Advantage:  Skype

Free Calling & For Cents a Minute
Skype-to-Skype calls are free. So are FaceTime-to-FaceTime calls. However, like we mentioned, you can call Skype users on a PC or other platform. FaceTime, meanwhile, is limited to Apple devices. Skype also lets you call land lines or mobile phones for a few cents a minute. Plus, you can turn the iPad into a mobile phone by paying for an incoming number (which comes with voicemail and call forwarding).
Advantage:  Skype

The Winner
Skype, hands down. Overall it is a better free-video communication tool. Skype offers more options – even though some basic features like the camera swap button are buried a bit – and better functionality. This is a well-made app, and the developers really put to use the skills they acquired learning app development. Take a look for yourself by downloading the Skype app for iPad now.

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Protecting Your Online and Personal Security While Traveling

Summer is drawing to an end. Still, August is considered prime vacation time, especially because of Labor Day. Of course, people travel year ‘round, for reasons besides vacations and when you’re on the road, you need to be careful about your online security.


Hooking up to a free open Wi-Fi connection in an airport can be the worst thing you could ever do, exposing yourself to packet sniffers (data stealers) and hackers. 

We love electronic devices and for the most part, we generally consider it unthinkable not to take a tablet, laptop or smartphone along with us during our travels. However, despite their convenience, these mobile devices also contain personal information – including potentially sensitive data about your online interests and more.

Here are some simple common-sense tips that can help protect your security, and your privacy, while traveling:

Don’t Invite Criminals to Your Home
Why would you call up convicted burglars on the phone and announce your vacation plans? You wouldn’t, of course. And yet, each year fun-loving families do the exact same thing on social media sites such as Facebook. To make matters worse, some of these families will even post their vacation pictures while they’re still on their trip – proving to potential robbers that they haven’t even started packing to come home. Post the vacation pix after you get home and have confirmed you still own your widescreen and furniture.

Watch Your Posts
Before you post your vacation pix, remember that (unless you specify a privacy setting for them) anyone will be able to see your fun-loving side…including college admissions reps, job recruiters or potential in-laws.


The last time Uncle Ned “saddled up.” A careless moment of fun can linger online forever

Candidly Quick Cameras
Many of today’s cameras come with Wi-Fi, HD and more. That makes cameras a juicy target for thieves. When traveling, limit group photos that require you to hand off your camera to a stranger; have someone that works in a restaurant or a street vendor take your picture instead. And always use passwords or passkeys to lock your devices. That way your images or device can’t be accessed if your technology gets stolen.

Protection Plans
In the event that you do need to take sensitive documents with you, prevent info theft. Use apps that have passwords or some other form of encryption system to safeguard especially sensitive files. That way, even if you lose an electronic device to accident or theft, no unauthorized personnel will be able to get at those protected files.

The Extra “S” is For “Security”
The extra “S” in “HTTPS” stands for “Security.” It signifies the combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with the SSL/TLS protocol, which join forces to create a secure way to shuttle information around. If you plan to transfer funds, or  handle another financial transaction (or distribute sensitive company info while on the road), check for the extra “S” in the URL line. It’s also usually accompanied by a small lock icon; this confirms your data is being encrypted.


Stay secure while on the road. All computer passwords should include upper- and lower-case letters and at least three numbers.

Prevent “Log” Jams
For travelers on the move, popping into a Starbucks for Wi-Fi or other Internet cafe to check e-mail is an essential task. Unfortunately, many of these hurried travelers are in such a rush, they forget to log out once they’ve finished their online session. Always log out of any sessions you’ve started with any provider like Yahoo or Google. And just for safety sake, clear the browser cache.

Just closing the browser window does not accomplish the same objective of clearing out your account information. Many accounts like Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and others, keep you logged in (which is handy, when you’re at home), until you log yourself out (not so handy when you’re on the road). Always end your sessions and clean up your tracks, and make sure the next person using the computer doesn’t  have access to any of your info.

Keep Your Guard Up
Sure, you’re on vacation (let’s assume) and you want to just kick back and forget your life back home. While the need to kick back is important and universal, you shouldn’t ever get completely relaxed where your finances are concerned. Smart travelers check up on their finances during vacation, to make sure daily credit and financial balances make sense. This is extra smart because time is definitely of the essence when it comes to catching credit card frauds.

Turn the Tables
Use anti-theft programs and apps designed to help you track stolen devices; you can even remotely log into missing equipment (even though the devices aren’t in your possession). The technology is also being used to protect homes. One new Google+ app even provides a way for you to actually physically monitor your house in real time.

Lock It Up
When traveling, put your electronics (as much as will fit) into the hotel safe, and you’ll sleep like a rock. If the place you’re staying at doesn’t have individual safes, it’s almost a sure bet that the hotel has a main safe where you can store your valuable gadgets (and sensitive info).

Do You Really Need It?
Do you really need to take a smartphone and an mp3 player? There is a privacy issue here beyond just having more freight to lug around; if you’re leaving or entering the country, your laptop or smartphone could get searched and even copied by Border Agents.

New technology makes enforcing your traveling online security even more difficult these days. Learning how to use the Internet and Wi-Fi protocols can help you protect yourself while traveling. At the end of the day, prevention is worth a pound of cure. Follow these tips for safer and smarter travels.

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Planking, Owling and Horsemaning: A Guide to Photo and Internet Memes (and How To Make Your Own)

What is a meme? Wikipedia will tell you a “meme” is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Today the most popular memes are started on the Internet. “Planking,” for instance. What, you haven’t heard of planking? How about “Business or Nayan Cat”? No? Well then, welcome to the 21st century, and a guide to the latest Internet memes!


A Meme is Born:  Planking, where a person lies as flat and rigid as possible – someone takes a picture of it and shares it with the Internet.

Horsemaning Around 
Not to be confused with Internet Phenomenon like the Numa Numa guy, Internet memes like Owling are sweeping the web. “Owling” is somewhat creative, but still a poor follow-up to Planking. Planking, which spread like a computer virus, now has a rightful heir to its throne: Horsemaning takes its name from the fictional character of the Headless Horseman, and photo subjects try to look like they’ve been (gasp!) decapitated.


Even ice cream retailer Cold Stone Creamery has hopped on the latest trend of Horsemaning.

However, the art of photographing your headless pal isn’t new; the technique dates back to the 192os. It’s just been revived by the Internet. But it only takes a few social sites like Flickr and Facebook to share your latest snapshots and, before you know it, the Internet has turned your photo into a meme!


The original Horseman photo.

It goes without saying, to have a popular photo meme, at least in this case, your subject and theme should be edgy. But it doesn’t always have to be macabre. Take for example…

Business Cat
Cats rule the roost when it comes to Internet memes. Keyboard Cat was one of the first, and Icanhascheezburger also contributed to helping get a few memes started. Nyan Cat is one of the more recent popular memes, but around DMAC one of our favorites is Business Cat!


You tell ‘em, Business Cat!

Business Cat came about when a Something Awful forum user named “Apple Jax” posted a thread titled PYF Cat Pictures with pics of a friend’s cat, Emilio. Emilio wore a tie for the photo op. Fast forward to 2011, a background image and a few captions later, and Business Cat is an Internet sensation, with his own website, yobusinesscat.com.

Adding captions to a particular photo has been a popular Internet meme pastime, more recently one that featured a character from the animated series, Futurama.

Fry Meme

Confused? Don’t be; that’s the whole point of this meme. And the caption? Funny because it’s true.

The Fry meme has spent the past few months at the top of the Internet meme food chain. It was so popular, at one point it even got attention from Futurama’s creator, Matt Groening:


Futurama and Simpsons creator Matt Groening got into the act with a meme of his own. (Groening didn’t sue the Internet…)

Internet memes can be easily created using meme generators or a few minutes in Photoshop. Creating content for the internet takes time, while an Internet meme can be quickly created with something as simple as a bad photo. It just depends on how much of your silliness you want to share with the World Wide Web. Who knows? That pose “Elvis” does when he wants a puppy treat may turn your dog into the next Internet meme sensation.

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What does “ISP” mean? A Guide to Internet Acronyms

Do you know your ISP from your Wi-Fi? How about the difference between DNSs and RSSs? DMAC’s here to help decipher some key Internet terms:


Get VOIP, web and email (along with RSS and more) delivered to your PC via your ISP. 

ISP (Internet Service Provider)
Better known as your carrier or your provider, an ISP provides access to the Internet, pure and simple. Three types of ISPs are found: access ISPs, which hook customers directly up to the Net; hosting ISPs, which lease out portions of their bandwidth with each subscriber; and transit ISPs which are like the superhighways of the Internet, connect hosting ISPs to access ISPs.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
The line that links up your Internet connection to your computer is the same type of regular telephone line normally used; the reason a DSL can provide both signals simultaneously is because DSL use a higher frequency than telephone transmissions.

LAN (Local Area Network)
A LAN is a network of computers all “chained” together within a limited geographical area (e.g., in a home, at school, in an office building). Because they’re all operating within a closed loop, data transfer rates are usually better than rates found in wide area networks (WAN).

RSS (RDF Site Summary…also called Really Simple Syndication)
An RSS is a web-based series of formats that helps keep track of often-updated Internet content (such as blogs that are updated with reader comments). RSS docs are often called “feeds” and contain additional data about updates (such as authorship information and dates). By using RSS docs, a site can easily accommodate a great number of users, each of whom want to post their individual comments.

DNS (Domain Name System)
Every computer carries a unique numerical signature, an IP address that functions like that computer’s phone number. The DNS is a naming system that lets users find a domain name that links up desired chosen words with combinations of numbers, thus creating a domain name that’s a lot catchier than a string of random numbers.

VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol…also called “Voice Over IP”)
Any time you use your Internet connection to make a long-distance call with another Internet user, you’re taking advantage of VOIP technology. Skype, iChat and even Vonage are all VOIP providers. VOIP basically refers to making telephone calls via an Internet connection, but it can refer to any transmission of data that takes place during an online session.

ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
Using technology that enables speech and data transmission between multiple locations, ISDN enables modern videoconferencing, in which voice transmissions are joined by text transmissions and other data. And because ISDNs carry digital voice and data information across regular copper telephone lines, the sound quality is often better than analog telephone signals could ordinarily provide.

Wi-Fi (as in “Wireless Fidelity)
A standard for connecting electronic devices without the use of wires, Wi-Fi enables you to use your laptop or smartphone within a convenient range of use. This range of use (or hotspot) varies, although a distance of approximately 65 feet from the hotspot seems roughly average. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi is used by more than 700 million people, with another 800 million new Wi-Fi devices built each year.

Connecting to the Internet
The world of the Internet is constantly changing and technology changes with it. Learning tech terms and learning how to build websites or other cool web content could make you part of the Internet revolution that’s changing the world!

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