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Glossary

Unit 11 IT Lesson Terms

asynchronous communication

noun

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Definition
A method of communication where you can read a message at any time, even if the person who wrote it is offline.

Example
One of the advantages of asynchronous communication is that you can read messages at any time.

attachment

noun

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Definition
A file you send with an e-mail message.

Example
It is very easy to send a file as an attachment along with an e-mail message.

BCC: field

noun

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Definition
A blank in an e-mail that works like a CC: field, except that addresses in the BCC: field will be hidden from other people who receive the e-mail.

Example
If you want to hide the names of some of the people you are sending an e-mail message to, you can use the BCC: field.

CC: field

noun

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Definition
A blank in an e-mail where you can list the addresses of people who should receive a copy of the e-mail.

Example
If you want to send an e-mail message to more than one person, you can use the CC: field to list the other addresses.

e-mail hoaxes

noun

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Definition
False stories that the writer hopes will get copied and sent to many people.

Example
My brother believed an e-mail hoax that said he could win a free car.

HTML e-mail

noun

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Definition
E-mail that can use colour, photos, and font formatting; also called rich-text e-mail.

Example
HTML e-mail is useful for sending e-mail that has photos or font formatting.

newsreader

noun

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Definition
Software used to read newsgroups.

Example
Before using a newsgroup, you will need to install a newsreader.

post

noun

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Definition
A message on a Web forum.

Example
A post on the Web forum is usually available for everyone to read.

spam

noun

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Definition
Junk e-mail sent to thousands of people at once.

Example
It is common to get a lot of spam in my e-mail folder.

spam-blocking software

noun

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Definition
Software to erase or hide spam before you see it.

Example
To keep out unwanted e-mail, you can install spam-blocking software.

spammer

noun

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Definition
A person who sends spam.

Example
A spammer sent out an e-mail that reached thousands of people.

subject line

noun

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Definition
The short title of an e-mail or Web forum post.

Example
It is common to put a title in the subject line on an e-mail so that the e-mail will be easier to find at a later date.

synchronous communication

noun

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Definition
Communication in real time.

Example
Synchronous communication means that people are communicating together at the same.

Usenet

noun

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Definition
A collection of message forums called newsgroups.

Example
If you want to view a collection of message forums, try looking at the Usenet.

Web forum

noun

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Definition
A Web site where you can read and post messages.

Example
Many online courses make use of a Web forum so that students can write messages to each other.