English Internet Vocabulary

Browser
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This is the software application that lets you look through the different web sites on the internet. Windows Internet Explorer and Mozilla are examples of popular browsers.

“If you have trouble using the internet you may need to update the version of your browser.”

Surfing the Web
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Surfing the web just means that you are looking around at the different sites. This is usually a leisurely activity as opposed to doing an intense search for a specific topic.

“When I’m bored I sit for hours surfing the web.”

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Chat Room
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Many internet sites have an area where web users can enter and participate in a live text chat with others. This is called a “Chat room”.

“I met my wife in a singles chat room.”

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High Speed/Broadband Internet Service
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This is the type of internet service that gets data to your computer at a fast rate. People pay more for this service so they can download pages and images quicker.

“Now that I have broadband I can download those pictures you sent me.”

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Dial up Service
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This is internet service using a modem and a telephone line. In the past most people on the internet used dial up. It is a lot slower and is being taken over by broadband.

“When I had dial up I couldn’t even download a song. Now I can download an entire album.

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Download
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To download is to transfer a file from another computer to your own. People download anything from music to text files to movies.

“If you can’t find the song at the music store you can download it on the internet.”

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Virus
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This is a software program that ruins files on your computer or the entire computer itself. People create these viruses and spread them throughout the internet to give other people trouble.

“My computer is in the shop. I have a virus and I can’t open any of my work files.”

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Hacker
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A “hacker” is a computer expert that uses his skills to cause damage to other people’s systems or to steal information.

“A hacker entered the computer system of the bank and stole all of the money. I hope they get him!”

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Smut Sites
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These are internet sites that show pornographic images.

“At John’s work anyone who enters a web site deemed as smut will be fired.”

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Blocked Site
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A site that has been blocked is one that has been deemed inappropriate by those in charge of Information Technology. Companies and schools will block certain sites so employees don’t surf the web all day.

“Don’t even try to get on to that game web site. It is blocked.

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Case Sensitive
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Many sites ask you to enter a password. If it is indicated that the password is “case sensitive” you have to capitalize the letters that should be capitalized. If you don’t, the password won’t work.

“My password is case sensitive. If I don’t capitalize the first letter it won’t work.”

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Spam
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Spam is unwanted e mails from advertisers wanting you to buy their product. Companies that use spam send out thousands of e mails to any e mail addresses they can get in hopes of selling their merchandise.

“We are so sick of receiving spam. Half the messages we get each day are from advertisers.”

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Internet Predator
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This is a person who goes into chat rooms looking for young girls to befriend. These predators are hoping to meet up with the young women for a date.

“I always warn my daughter about the number of internet predators that are out there. I don’t want her to get hurt.”



Practice Exercises

  • Internet Vocabulary Listening Activity
  • Internet Vocabulary Fill in the Blanks
  • Internet Word Order
  • Internet Vocabulary Fill in the Blanks
  • Internet Matching