Contact Us Today! 1-844-237-4300
2 minutes reading time (396 words)

Tech Term: Protocol

Tech Term: Protocol

Computers use quite a lot of different types of protocol to function. In particular, the Internet takes advantage of protocol to a great degree. You might recognize terms like Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, File Transfer Protocol, Internet Message Protocol, and Post Office Protocol. But what exactly is protocol, and why is it important?

Basically, it’s a Rule
While you’re reading this blog, turn your glance upward to the address bar. You’ll see the website’s name and the world wide web (www) at the front, but before all of that, you’ll see the protocol in the form of letters with a colon and backslashes. This indicates the way that the information you’re viewing on your webpage was sent to your device.

The two most notable website protocols to consider are HTTP and HTTPS. These stand for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, respectively. Both of these are used to show that a hypertext page was used to transmit the information from its source to your web browser. As you might have guessed, however, HTTPS has an additional layer of security that keeps prying eyes away from seeing the data as it’s in transit.

Why Do We Use Protocols?
To understand how protocol works, we’ll use the example of two children; one of them throws a baseball, while the other is prepared to catch a frisbee. Of course, the two are incredibly different things, which complicates the actual act of catching it. The situation is quite similar for a computer. If a device is only preparing to receive 8-bit packets whereas the data sent is in 16-bit packets, things aren’t going to work according to plan.

By thinking about it in this sense, it’s easy to see that the protocol is designed to give the device an idea of the data it’s about to receive so that it can be both sent and retrieved successfully.

How Important is Protocol for the Average User?
If you’re not the one responsible for programming or network administration within your organization, then it’s likely that you won’t need to know much about protocol. However, it doesn’t hurt to remember that you should only enter data into a web form (particularly sensitive information) if the device is using a secure connection through HTTPS. For other questions or concerns you might have about protocol, be sure to reach out to us at 1-844-237-4300.

Cloud Can Cover Most of Your Business Needs
Some Providers are Offering Blockchain as a Servic...

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, July 18 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Join our mailing list!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite

      Tag Cloud

      Security Tip of the Week Best Practices Cloud Technology Business Computing Email Malware Privacy Productivity Hosted Solutions Hackers IT Services Managed IT Services Internet IT Support Network Security Software Outsourced IT Mobile Devices Ransomware Microsoft Backup Data Backup Data Computer Internet of Things Data Recovery Smartphone Business Google Innovation Hardware Tech Term Managed Service Provider Small Business Business Continuity Cloud Computing Data Management Windows 10 Android Social Media Remote Monitoring Managed IT Disaster Recovery Encryption BYOD Paperless Office User Tips Communication Windows Smartphones Facebook Artificial Intelligence Browser Risk Management Cybersecurity Productivity App Efficiency Saving Money Recovery Phishing Gmail Upgrade Save Money Applications Mobile Device Management Mobile Device VoIP Firewall Business Management Robot Government Chrome Telephone Systems Unified Threat Management SaaS Document Management Infrastructure Money Bandwidth Hosted Solution Data storage Bring Your Own Device Going Green Server Apps Vendor Management Virtualization BDR Content Filtering Password Office 365 Tip of the week Big Data Holiday Compliance Miscellaneous Unified Communications Two-factor Authentication Employer-Employee Relationship Regulations Workplace Tips Work/Life Balance IT Service Data Security Data loss Vulnerability Computing Computers Website Automation Wireless Training IT Support Passwords Windows 10 Analytics File Sharing Remote Computing IT Management Wi-Fi Network Virtual Reality Apple Antivirus Project Management Hacker Social VPN Router Spam Patch Management Smart Technology Tech Support Wireless Technology Collaboration Legal End of Support YouTube Health Politics Customer Relationship Management WiFi Digital Payment Virtual Private Network Office Monitors Websites Identity Theft Network Management Microsoft Office Administration Alert Internet Exlporer Licensing Assessment Business Technology Budget Server Management IoT Storage LiFi HIPAA Education Blockchain Information Technology How To IT solutions Samsung Mobile Security Uninterrupted Power Supply Printing Mouse Outlook Mobility Flexibility Chromebook Sports Google Drive Word Avoiding Downtime Help Desk Settings Tablet Customer Service Managed IT Services Redundancy communications Business Growth Upgrades Files Scam The Internet of Things Mobile Computing Twitter Private Cloud Drones IT Budget Heating/Cooling IT Consulting Physical Security Operations Backups Users Enterprise Content Management Retail Cortana Data Warehousing 3D Printing Maintenance Computing Infrastructure Solid State Drive Cabling WannaCry Management Display Technology Assurance Group ’s 18 Deep Learning Time Management Networking Net Neutrality Hacking Cost Management Technology Tips Chatbots Current Events Wires Processors Alt Codes Servers Data Breach Connectivity Office Tips Downtime Multi-Factor Security Wearable Technology Vulnerabilities Microsoft Excel Modem Unsupported Software Virus Printer Alerts Cryptocurrency Enterprise Resource Planning Update Distributed Denial of Service Annual Convention Sync Disaster Trending Hard Drive Electronic Medical Records Comparison Identity Telephony Cookies Typing Public Cloud Technology Laws Google Calendar Law Enforcement Hacks How To Mail Merge Geography Social Engineering USB Touchscreen Techology Mobile Data Access Control Cooperation Bitcoin Travel VoIP Sponsor Mobile Virtual Desktop Managed IT Service San Diego Best Practice Botnet Mobile Device Managment Operating System Software Tips Cache Specifications Consultation Lenovo Permissions Nanotechnology Automobile Computer Care Statistics Star Wars Dark Data Personal Information Legislation IT Technicians Gadget Address High-Speed Internet Safety Disaster Resistance SharePoint Staff Windows 8 Save Time Digital Obstacle Company Culture Break Fix Social Networking Machine Learning Notifications Unified Threat Management Hotspot Identities Search Recycling Black Friday Roanoke — Central Technology Solutions GPS Superfish Fraud Screen Reader Bluetooth Utility Computing Mirgation Marketing Development Black Market Google Wallet Supercomputer Proactive IT Buisness Downloads Augmented Reality Crowdsourcing Spyware Course Gadgets Managing Stress Writing Emoji Dark Web Motherboard User Error Language Hard Drives G Suite Google Docs History Shortcut eWaste Network Congestion Cyber Monday technology services provider Tracking Quick Tips Smart Tech Google Maps Healthcare Computer Repair Software as a Service Migration Taxes Humor Firefox Cables Webcam IT Consultant Emergency Error Point of Sale CrashOverride Cybercrime Web Server Cameras Motion Sickness Administrator CCTV Relocation Meetings Hard Disk Drive