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Although a standard internet user spends approximately 1/4 of the day online, most of them do not go beyond the basic knowledge when it comes to technical functioning of this technology.
Commonly, the main interests of the average user travels around themes such as internet speeds, innovative features, how to improve the quality or stability of their service to stay connected during activities, trending topics such as multiple devices connections, and high-speed internet variants.
In this article we are going to clear some terms that by first sight seem difficult for a computer science layman.
However, in the Digital Era it tends to be each day more frequently seem in workspaces or even in daily situations.
So, to get rid of doubts in a simpler way and solve by yourself basic issues on your home internet connections, check out our innovative glossary!
What is DNS?
DNS (Domain Name System) servers are responsible for finding and translating in a fraction of seconds the addresses of websites we search on tools like Google or other browsers and then transform it into IP numbers.
Imagine having to access your favorite sites through IP (Internet Protocol) numbers, which are much more complex than words or phrases, and memorizing sequences of numbers for each one of them.
We would probably be able to access half a dozen of them at most, about the same number of phone numbers that we could memorize, right?
Therefore, we use the DNS service offered by the internet service provider (ISP) or the company responsible for keeping our connection working, such as AT&T or Frontier Communications, but it is not mandatory to use it.
It is possible to choose services that best meet our needs, offering more performance, more security or even both, as is the case with OpenDNS, Google Public DNS and Comodo Secure DNS.
What is an IP address?
An IP Protocol address (IP address) is a unique number assigned to all devices (for example, a computer, tablet or phone) when they are connected to the Internet.
It is a virtual address that can provide both identification and localization to each device, informing providers important data of the equipment that are using their service.
It is the IP that makes sure that the requests that are made from your PC goes to the company and comes back with the internet signal. It is also a way for the carriers to track any problem on these processes.
In order to protect data and information, users use virtual private network (VNP) to secure their location and make sure it would not be seemed by anyone, which is a legal feature in the U.S. But there are controversies, and the IP often changes its address exactly with this purpose.
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Written By: Erika Yukari