A DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is a sub-network that adds an additional layer of security to a local area network (LAN). An external network is allowed access only to the DMZ, protecting the LAN. The DMZ needs to be configured properly when using gaming console systems.
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DSL is a form of telephone technology that carries data at high speeds over standard copper telephone wires. With DSL, data can be delivered about 30 times faster than through a 56-bps modem, which uses traditional telephone technology. Also, DSL users can receive voice and data simultaneously, so you can leave your computer plugged into the Internet without interrupting phone connections. xDSL is the collective term for variations of DSL, such as ADSL and HDSL.
When you send email or instruct your browser to access a web site, you likely type an address, or domain name based on words (such as email@example.com or www.frontier.com). The DNS translates the address into a series of numbers called an Internet Protocol (IP) address, which might look something like this: 126.96.36.199. These numbers comprise a code recognized by the Internet's computing system, which then sends your mail or connects you to the web site.
A malicious attack against a computer network that is intended to bring its operations to a halt by flooding it with useless traffic.
A temporary Internet Protocol address assigned to your computer hardware at the start of your High-Speed Internet session. IP addresses are numerically coded addresses that link your computer to others on the Internet. The dynamic IP address is engineered specially for high-speed transmissions and is assigned from a pool of addresses owned by one's own Internet Service Provider. This address remains the same throughout your Internet session. When you disconnect, it is returned to the pool for assignment to another customer. When you reconnect to the Internet, you are again assigned a dynamic IP address. Dynamic IP addresses from the pool are assigned to just one customer at any one time, ensuring the uniqueness of the address on the Internet.