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  • ActiveX control

    An ActiveX control is a component program object that can be re-used by many application programs within a computer or among computers in a network. Continue Reading

  • virtual floppy disk

    A virtual floppy disk is an alternative to the traditional floppy that exists as a file rather than a physical medium. A virtual floppy is mounted to the same drive letter (A:) and accessed in the same way but is actually a disk image stored as a ... Continue Reading

  • virtual machine snapshot

    A virtual machine snapshot is a file-based representation of the state of a virtual machine at a given time... (Continued) Continue Reading

  • physical computer

    A physical computer is a hardware-based device, such as a personal computer. The term is generally used to differentiate hardware-based computers from software-based virtual machines... (Continued) Continue Reading

  • key-value pair (KVP)

    A key-value pair (KVP) is a set of two linked data items: a key, which is a unique identifier for some item of data, and the value, which is either the data that is identified or a pointer to the location of that data. Continue Reading

  • checkpoint

    A checkpoint, in a virtualization context, is a snapshot of the state of a virtual machine. Like a restore point in Windows operating systems, a checkpoint allows the administrator to return the system to an earlier, functioning state if problems ...Continue Reading

  • graphic equalizer

    A graphic equalizer is a high-fidelity audio control that allows the user to see graphically and control individually a number of different frequency bands in a stereophonic system.Continue Reading

  • Excel

    Excel is a spreadsheet program from Microsoft, a component of its Office product group for business applications. In common with similar products, such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Corel's QuattroPro, Excel is an automated version of the paper-based ...Continue Reading

  • Security Accounts Manager (SAM)

    The Security Accounts Manager (SAM) is a database in the Windows operating system (OS) that contains user names and passwords... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • hard-drive encryption

    Hard-drive encryption is a technology that encrypts the data stored on a hard drive using sophisticated mathematical functions... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Password cracking and hardening

    Cracking passwords is a hot issue for admins who wish to test the security of their networks. Likewise, hardening passwords is critical for those admins who wish to prevent hackers from cracking their passwords. Learn the abc's of password cracking ...Continue Reading

  • BitLocker

    BitLocker is an operating system-level extension to Vista that combines on-disk encryption and special key management techniques... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB)

    The Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) is a part of the Microsoft Vista operating system (OS) that employs a trusted platform module (TPM), a specialized chip that can be installed on the motherboard of a personal computer (PC) or server ...Continue Reading

  • Microsoft Antigen

    Microsoft Antigen is a set of programs that provides security and e-mail filtering for network servers. Antigen can provide layered, multiple-scan protection against malware and can filter e-mail to minimize inappropriate content and malicious ...Continue Reading

  • desktop search (integrated search)

    Desktop search (sometimes called integrated search) is the ability to simultaneously search hard drives and removable storage on the user's computer.Continue Reading

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