Acronyms


One thing the computer industry is famous (infamous?) for is acronyms.  Below you’ll find my ongoing list of acronyms used on this site and what they stand for.

  • AES – Advanced Encryption Standard
  • AP – (Wireless Networking) Access Point
  • ATF – Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • BSD – Berkley Software Distribution
  • CERT – Computer Emergency Response Team
  • CGI – Common Gateway Interface
  • CIA – Central Intelligence Agency
  • DB – Database
  • DBMS – Database Management System
  • DHS – Department of Homeland Security
  • DNS – Domain Name System
  • EoF – End of File
  • FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FCC – Federal Communications Commision
  • FTP – File Transfer Protocol
  • FUBAR – F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
  • Gb – Gigabit
  • GB – Gigabyte
  • GHz – Giga Hertz
  • GW – Gateway
  • HIDS – Host Intrusion Detection System
  • HTML – HyperText Markup Language
  • IDE – Integrated Development Environment
  • IE – Internet Explorer
  • IMAP – Internet Mail Access Protocol
  • IP – Internet Protocol
  • K – Kilo (thousands; 1K = 1,000)
  • Kb -Kilobit
  • KB – Kilobyte
  • KGB – Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (Committee for State Security – former USSR)
  • KHz – Kilo Hertz
  • Mb – Megabit
  • MB – Megabyte
  • MHz – Mega Hertz
  • MS – Microsoft
  • NIDS – Network Intrusion Detection System
  • NSA – National Security Agency
  • PHz – Peta Hertz
  • PKI – Public Key Infrastructure
  • PPP – Point-to-Point Protocol
  • POP – Post Office Protocol
  • RF – Radio Frequency
  • RSS – Really Simple Syndication
  • SMTP – Simple Mail Transport Protocol
  • SQL – Structured Query Language
  • Tb – Tera-bit
  • TB – Terabyte
  • THz – Tera Hertz
  • UAC – (MS Windows specific) User Access Control
  • USA – United States of America
  • USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • VPN – Virtual Private Network
  • WEP – (Wireless Networking) Wired Equivalent Privacy, Wireless Encryption Protocol
  • WWW – World Wide Web
  • XML – Extensible Markup Language

Check back soon; this list is constantly under construction and updated frequently.

[EoF]

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