Cookie - Small amount of data created when you visit a website.Normally used to store passwords for quicker log-in but in some cases may track information relating to browsing history.
Disk Formatting - Process of erasing all data from a disk.
DVD+-RW drive - DVD drive capable of reading & writing onto disks.
Ethernet - A LAN cable-and-access protocol, allows communication between devices.
External hard drive - Enclosed Hard drive which connects via USB, e-SATA or Ethernet. Used to store information and back-up data.
Firewall - Hardware or software used to protect your computer by limiting the data that can pass through your computer.
Flash Drive (Jump drive, Thumb drive, USB drive) - Small data storage device which uses flash memory and has a built-in USB connection.
GB (Gigabyte) - Measure of data. 1024 megabytes. Most common prefix of measure for Hard drives.
Hard Drive - Hard disk drive which stores all of your data.
LAN (Local Area Network) - Computer network limited to a relatively small area such as buildings & offices.
Memory (RAM) - Random access memory.The memory available for programs to use while running, RAM is upgradable and will help your computer run more smoothly. 4 Gigabytes of RAM is required as a minimum.
NIC - Network Interface Controller.Card that allows your computer to access networks (Internet).
PID - Virginia Tech Personal Identifier.
Processor (CPU) - Central Processing Unit. Analogous to the brain in the computer. Intel Core-i5 (or faster) required.
VGA (Video Graphics Array) - Standard monitor or display interface used in most PCs.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) - Used to access certain parts of Virginia Tech’s network when you are off campus.