Web Acronyms

Fantastico: A commercial script library that automates the installment of web applications to a website, which is actioned from the website control panel’s administration area.

FTP: File Transfer Protocol is a software standard used to send file to a web server. When we upload sites on a server, we use this protocol. It allows moving files between computers. In other words, it helps to upload files from a computer to a web server, and recover from a web server to a computer.

GD: GD is an open source code library for creation of images. It creates JPEG, PNG and GIF images, among other formats. GD is mostly used in generating graphics, charts, thumbnails, etc. Website development is one of the commonest applications of GD.

GNUPG: A recursive acronym for “GNU’s Not Unix”. It is a free software replacement for PGP and permits encryption and signing up of data, characterizes various key management systems and admits modules for all kind of public key directories.

MIME: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension is a detailed description for formatting non-ASCII messages. This internet standard also supports non-text attachments and multi-part message bodies.

PGP: Standing for Pretty Good Privacy, PGP is a computer program that provides cryptographic privacy i.e. encryption and decryption of data. Developed by Philip Zimmerman, based on public-key method, PGP is effective for the protection of data in the internet.

POP3: Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is an Internet Protocol (IP) or Transfer Control Protocol (TCP) that allows receiving of e-mails from a server. It is useful for computers sans a permanent network connection which requires a post office to hold their mails until they retrieve it. The POP server acts as the post office.

SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, an IP or TCP that allows sending of e-mail messages between servers.

SSL: Secure Sockets Layer is a cryptographic protocol used for transferring private documents via internet with full security, such as e-mail, web-browsing, instant messaging, Internet faxing, and data transfer. Developed by Netscape, cryptographic SSL uses two keys to encrypt data – a public key for everyone and a private secret key for the recipient of the message.

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