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Lesson 7 Vocabulary

Lesson 7: Business E-Mail and Personal Information Management

TermDefinition
Mail delivery agent An e-mail server program that receives sent messages and delivers them to their proper destination mailbox.
Snail mail Slang term for the standard postal service
Attachment A file that is sent with an e-mail message.
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions(MIME) A protocol that enables operating systems to map file name extensions to corresponding applications. Also used by applications to automatically process files downloaded from the Internet.
IP address A unique numerical address assigned to a computer or device on a network.
Message Transfer Agent (MTA) A messaging component that routes, delivers and receives e-mail.
User name A unique name or number that identifies you when logging on to a computer system or online service. In an e-mail address, the part before the @ symbol.
E-mail client An e-mail program that is independent of any specific Web browser, and that you can use to send e-mail messages.
Mail User Agent (MUA) A messaging component used as a stand-alone application by the user.
Browser e-mail E-mail programs such as Outlook Express and Opera Mail that come bundled with a Web browser and with which they may be integrated.
Web-based e-mail Free e-mail service from a provider such as Google Gmail or Yahoo! Mail in which you request a user name. You can access your e-mail from any computer that has access to the Internet.
Header A block of information attached to a piece of data. The first part of a network packet.
Secure MIME (S/MIME) Secure version of MIME that adds encryption to MIME data.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) A method of encrypting and decrypting e-mail messages. It can also be used to encrypt a digital signature.
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) An open-source version of PGP, used for encrypting and decrypting e-mail messages, that does not use patented algorithms.
Emoticon A combination of characters that, when read sideways, helps convey emotion in an e-mail message.
Spam Unsolicited and unwanted e-mail messages; the online equivalent of junk mail.
CAPTCHA A test that uses a word-verification graphic designed to differentiate humans from automated senders during online transactions.
Black hole list A published list of IP addresses known to be sources of spam.
Spam filter An e-mail client program that identifies and filters out spam messages before they reach the e-mail inbox.
Personal information management (PIM) program A tool used to schedule appointments and meetings, store contact information, and manage tasks.
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) A small, handheld computer used for personal information management. The predecessor to the smartphone.
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