Backup Terms Glossary

This glossary of data backup terms contains specific words and phrases that you may come across while working with computer backup and recovery software. Here you can find definitions of backup terms used on this website and in Handy Backup: everything regarding file backup, image backup, database backup, network backup and much more.

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Backup Practices

  • Restore Desktop
    “It means to restore all desktop's icons and desktop icons' position. ”
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  • Data backup strategy
    “Data backup strategy is a strategy, applied to the backup process, regulating various parameters, like how much data is backed up at a time, how...”
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  • Why Do Email Backup
    “People often use a web-based mail service because it is free and allows reading email from any place with an Internet connection. However, there are...”
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  • Restore Outlook Express
    “Restore Outlook Express means restore of Outlook Express files and settings from backup's files in case of any Outlook Express data loss. Of course...”
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  • Backup rotation schedules
    “Backup rotation schedules are schedules, which define how often a backup is performed, how the data is backed up, which media is used and the amount...”
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  • Sync Computers
    “There are a variety of reasons why you may encounter the challenge to synchronize multiple computers. Firstly, you may want to synchronize photos...”
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Backup Software Features

  • Scheduled Backup
    “A scheduled backup is a backup, performed on schedule, which has been set beforehand. Usually is useful to set a backup on schedule and no longer...”
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  • Backup on logoff
    “Backup on logoff is a backup operation, performed before user log offs from the system after the user has pressed the "Log off" button. ”
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  • Backup scheduling
    “Backup scheduling is a process of or a notion meaning assigning special time when a backup operation needs to be launched. In this case a backup...”
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  • PIM synchronization
    “PIM stands for Personal Information Manager. The PIM synchronization program is a kind of program that synchronizes your personal info such as...”
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  • Encrypted Backup
    “An encrypted backup is a backup, which was encrypted using one of the encryption algorithms. Handy Backup supports encrypted backup. Encrypted...”
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  • Differential Incremental Backup
    “A differential incremental backup is a backup of all data files that have been modified since the last incremental backup or archival backup. Some...”
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Backup Storage

  • Backup Destination
    “ A backup destination is a destination, where the selected backup files are backed up to. The destination may vary from a local hard disk, a CD or...”
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  • Internet Backup
    “The term "Internet backup" can be used to describe two things. Firstly, a copy or a process of copying Internet data, e.g. a website or a web...”
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  • Offsite backup
    “An offsite backup is a copy of a file or document that is located in a location other than physical building that your PC is. It is typically a copy...”
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  • Backup Storage
    “A storage device used to store copies of data for backup and recovery. Tape drives and tape libraries have been the traditional backup storage...”
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  • Amazon Glacier Storage for Backup
    “ In addition to the extra-popular cloud service, Amazon S3 cloud, Amazon launched a much cheaper and slower, but as reliable as its faster...”
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  • Backup Files to DVD
    “DVD discs are cheap, transportable, capacious, and generally very convenient for backup purposes. By recording backups to DVD, you protect data from...”
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Data for Backup

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Data Management

  • Data duplication
    “Data duplication is a process of creation of an exact copy of data on a different medium. Most data duplication software out there simply lets you...”
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  • Data synchronization
    “Data synchronization is a process of synchronizing data between two locations. Handy Backup can perform file synchronization. As with the whole...”
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  • Copy Prevention
    “A system for preventing the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted media like movies or music. The DVD format includes both digital and analog...”
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  • Folder Synchronization
    “Folder synchronization is procedure of bringing contents of two (or more) folders to similar states. The basic goal of synchronization is to make two...”
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  • Data Encryption
    “Data encryption is a means of scrambling the data so that is can only be read by the person(s) holding the 'key' - a password of some sort. Without...”
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  • Auto Save
    “Saving data to the disk at periodic intervals without user intervention. This function is usefull among automatic backup programs. The advantage of...”
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Databases

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Devices to Back Up From

  • Cut Copy
    “Site copy is any technical measure designed to create copy of a website somewhere. It is used to prevent site crush. For automatically copying...”
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  • Drive Backup
    “A drive backup is a sort of data protection copying of data denoting the backup of the entire contents of a hard drive. Check out the software...”
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  • Workstation Backup Software
    “Network Workstation Backup Software is a type data protection utility intended to manage a process of backing up a computer hooked to a local...”
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  • Network Computer Backup
    “Network computer backup is a backup of some data from a network computer, most likely to another network computer. Handy Backup can perform a network...”
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  • CD RW Backup
    “A CD RW backup is a backup saved to one or several CD-RW discs. Nowadays, many backup programs, can do a CD-RW backup, as CD-RWs are ideal for...”
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  • LAN Backup
    “ The LAN backup is a backup performed on one computer and is stored on another remote computer or network-attached device connected to the same...”
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Email Management

  • Carbon Copy
    “Carbon Copyis a method of sending a copy of an e-mail to someone, but implying that they are not the direct recipient. For example, you send an...”
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  • Backup Outlook File
    “Backup Outlook files means make a backup copy of Outlook files to be able to recover it after a computer crash, a virus or system re-installation. ...”
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  • Exchange server client
    “An multi-purpose messaging application installed on a computer or a mobile device, capable of accessing Microsoft Exchange Server and operating with...”
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  • E-mail Recovery
    “Directing business correspondences with the assistance of e-mail has already become customary for any contemporary business manager. A manager of...”
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  • Remote Exchange Server Backup
    “Remote Exchange Server is an Exchange Server located in the Web which provides common access to Microsoft Exchange data for a certain group of...”
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  • Backup Outlook Express Email
    “Do a backup copy of outlook express email to a writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. With Handy Backup Outlook...”
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Encryption

  • Triple DES
    “Triple DES, also referred to as 3DES, is a mode of the DES encryption algorithm that encrypts data three times. Three 64-bit keys are used, instead...”
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  • RC4
    “RC4 is a variable key-size stream cipher with byte-oriented operations. The algorithm is based on the use of a random permutation. ”
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  • Public-key encryption
    “Public-key encryption is a special encryption method, employing two passwords instead of one. One is password is given out to public - it is used to...”
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  • RC5
    “RC5 is a parameterized algorithm with a variable block size, a variable key size, and a variable number of rounds. Allowable choices for the block...”
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  • 3DES
    “3DES, also referred to as Triple DES, a mode of the DES encryption algorithm that encrypts data three times. Nowadays backup programs, like Handy...”
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  • Blowfish Encryption Algorithm
    “The blowfish encryption algorithm is a symmetric encryption algorithm designed by Bruce Schneier in 1993 as an alternative to existing encryption...”
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File Management

  • File
    “A file is a collection of data or information that has a name, called the filename. Almost all information stored in a computer must be in a file...”
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  • File Synchronization
    “File synchronization, in its simplest form, is automatic copying. Handy Backup supports file and folder synchronization. In the file...”
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  • Windows File Synchronization
    “Windows file synchronization is a process of copying Windows files to a different place that results in appearance of two or more identical folders...”
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  • Duplication
    “Duplication is a process of copying the entire contents of a single medium to one or more media of the same time. Nowadays, special equipment can be...”
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  • Backup scheme
    “A backup scheme is a scheme, defining various parametersr of the backup process. Now nearly every backup program can perform to satisfy any backup...”
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  • Overwrite
    “"To overwrite" means to record or copy new data over existing data, as in when a file or directory is updated. Data that is overwritten cannot be...”
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General IT

  • Archive
    “An archive is a long-term data storage (greater than or equal to 1 year). It may also mean the location where long-term data is stored (generally...”
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  • Zip File
    “A zip file is a file, created by means of compressing any file using the zip format. Such files may be unzipped using any application supporting zip...”
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  • Read-only
    “1. A read only disk, file, data, document etc., which can be viewed, possibly copied, but cannot be changed. 2. Read only items are those within a...”
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  • Error Log
    “An error log records any abnormal activity on application software, usually in simple / plain text (ASCII). Each (main) application generates its own...”
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  • Plain Text
    “Plain text refers to textual data in ASCII format. Plain text is the most portable format because it is supported by nearly every application on...”
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  • Copy Paste
    “Text and pictures can easily be moved or copied from one application to another for versions of Windows 95 and greater. When you copy or cut text or...”
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IT Companies

  • Samsung
    “Samsung, hard drives are products of the Samsung Electronics that is a South Korean Multinational Corporation and one of the world's largest...”
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  • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
    “International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a multinational computer technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New...”
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  • Fujitsu
    “Fujitsu is one of hard drive manufacturers. Fujitsu is a Japanese company specializing in semiconductors, computers (supercomputers, personal...”
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  • Maxtor Corporation
    “Maxtor Corporation, was an American manufacturer of computer hard disk drives founded in 1982. In 2000 it Purchased Quantum's hard disk line of...”
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  • Quantum Corporation
    “Quantum Corporation, was a manufacturer of tape drive products, based in San Jose, California. From its founding in 1980 until 2000, it was also a...”
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  • Iomega Corporation
    “The Iomega Corporation , is a supplier of portable computer storage devices and media. The corporation, established in 1980, has 208 employees in...”
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Network

  • Local Area Network
    “Local area network (or LAN) is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of...”
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  • Web Administration
    “The Web equivalent of a system administration. Web administration is a system architecting responsible for the overall design and implementation of...”
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  • SSH-2
    “SSH-2 is protocol, an updated variant of SSH. It has better security through introducing the Diffie-Hellman key exchange and strong integrity...”
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  • Secure FTP connection
    “A secure FTP connection can be achieved by using the Secure FTP protocol, which combines both FTP and SSH (or SSL) or any other encryption. This...”
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  • Proxy server
    “A proxy server is a computer server which acts in the place of individual users when connecting to Web sites. The proxy server receives requests from...”
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  • SSH
    “SSH is both a computer program and an associated network protocol, developed for logging into and executing commands on a network computer and moving...”
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Program Backup

  • Computer Database Backup
    “In our times the work of a specialist, directing personnel, is meaningless without effective use of a computer database of workers' files. A...”
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  • Outlook Express Backup
    “An Outlook Express backup is a backup of the Microsoft Outlook Express files. Handy Backup can easily add Outlook Express files to the backup set, ...”
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  • Database Backup
    “1)it means to copy databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. 2)A backup of the control file and...”
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  • Backup SQL Server
    “SQL server backup is used to describe a procedure of backing up SQL servers to a safe location, or the very copy of SQL servers that can be used in...”
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  • Outlook Express Message Backup
    “Do a backup copy of Outlook Express message to a writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives and other media storage. You can perform outlook...”
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  • Save Outlook Email
    “It means to save an Outlook email's data to your personal computer, writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. With...”
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Software

  • Backup Software
    “Backup software is a program or an utility that can perform a backup, Handy Backup, for intsance. Includes a wide range of backup programs...”
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  • Outlook Express
    “Outlook Express is an email managing program, produced by Microsoft. Outlook Express is easy to use and less complex than Outlook. Handy Backup can...”
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  • Application Settings
    “Configuration settings that applications generally store on your computer (in text or binary format). Its can be the name of a mail server or the...”
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  • End User License Agreement
    “    The End User License Agreement - or EULA - is a legally binding contract between the developer or publisher of a software program (...”
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  • Backup Utility
    “A backup utility is usually a utility, designed especially for backing up and recovering computer data. It can have various features, in order to...”
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  • Microsoft Backup
    “A Microsoft backup is an integrated software, available in Windows, that can backup files. The process of creating reserve copies of data files...”
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Storage Management

  • CDR duplication
    “CDR duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CDR to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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  • copy disk
    “1)to produce disk so that it is the same as an original one. 2)Hard disk copy mean a copy of all data files to another place. This process also is...”
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  • CD Copy
    “CD copy is a duplicate of data of a CD discs that is stored in a different place. If CD copies are made for the purpose of saving data from loss or...”
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  • CD ROM duplication
    “CDROM duplication is a duplication of contents from a single original CDROM to one or more CDROMs. Today's equipment can boost the CDROM...”
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  • Grandfather-father-son rotation
    “Grandfather-father-son rotation is the Grandfather-father-son rotation schedule. Currently, Handy Backup does not support the...”
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  • CD duplication
    “CD duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CD to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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Storage Media

  • What Is External Hard Disk Backup?
    “An external hard disk is a normal hard disk which is located outside of the system block. It is usually enclosed in a special case and can be...”
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  • Removable Storage
    “Removable storage is computer storage media, such as disks, tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. that can easily be removed from a computer and moved to another...”
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  • CompactFlash
    “A flash memory format introduced in 1994 by SanDisk Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA (www.sandisk.com). At 36.4 x 42.8 x 3.3 mm, CompactFlash (CF) cards...”
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  • Smartmedia
    “Bigger in surface than CompactFlash but much thinner, they are more fragile and known to be less reliable. This format is gradually being phased out...”
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  • Flash USB drive
    “A flash USB drive is a memory storage unit, using its own 'flash' memory type, contrast to magnetic disks used in hard drives, which can be connected...”
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  • Optical Disc
    “An optical disc is a storage medium from which data is read and to which it is written by lasers. Optical discs can store much more data -- up to 6...”
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Types of Backup

  • Full Backup
    “A full backup is a copy of all selected files (sometimes most of hard disk files), kept on a different storage media, for use in emergencies. It...”
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  • Serverless Backup: Hardware and Software Solutions
    “Serverless backup is a type of LAN free backup that does not use any of the resources of an application server or a backup server. To see an example...”
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  • Simple backup
    “A simple backup is the elementary type of files backup. Each time a compressed archive file is created, the new version of backup file replaces the...”
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  • Archival Backup
    “An archival backup is a type of backup in which all files are copied to a backup storage device. Archival backups are also called full backup...”
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  • What is an Incremental Backup
    “An incremental backup is a backup in which only the files that have been modified since the last backup are copied. Cumulative backups and...”
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  • Tar Backup
    “"Tar backup" means to backup your data using tar compression. It is very useful, for example: "by using compression, you can usually store more than...”
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Uncategorized

  • Open Mobile Alliance Data Synchronization
    “A standard protocol developed by OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) for synchronization of data stored on small mobile devices. ”
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  • IDE
    “IDE, is short for Integrated Drive Electronics (more commonly known as ATA) and is a standard interface for IBM compatible hard drives. IDE is...”
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  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
    “Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) , is a computer bus technology primarily designed for transfer of data to and from devices like hard drives, CD-ROM drives...”
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  • Backup Domain Controller
    “Backup Domain Controller - One or more computers running Windows NT that act as a backup to the primary domain controller (PDC). These machines can...”
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  • Secure Sockets Layer
    “Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that provides a secured communication on the Internet by encrypting the information. It is layered...”
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  • Copycat
    “1)One that closely imitates or mimics another. Comp. It means Smb who makes illegal copy of smth. 2)someone who copies the words or behavior of...”
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Backup Software Glossary

Current glossary explains various terms that you may come across while working with Handy Backup or other backup software.

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Most Viewed Terms

  • Restore location
    “Restore location is a location where files are to be or have been restored. Mostly, it matches with the original file location, but it can be...”
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  • SSH-2
    “SSH-2 is protocol, an updated variant of SSH. It has better security through introducing the Diffie-Hellman key exchange and strong integrity...”
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  • SD Memory Card
    “(Secure Digital Memory Card) A flash memory card that provides storage for digital cameras, cellphones and PDAs. SD Memory Cards use the same 32x24mm...”
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