312-253-4321    Get SUPPORT

Alchetec Blog

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 312-253-4321.

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

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, February 19 2019

Captcha Image

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Malware Privacy Hackers Productivity Email Network Security IT Services Outsourced IT Hosted Solutions Software Data Backup Data Managed IT Services Internet Productivity Tech Term Business Innovation Data Recovery Ransomware Computer Microsoft Cloud Computing Backup Hardware Mobile Devices IT Support Small Business Business Continuity IT Support Google Paperless Office User Tips Efficiency Smartphone Remote Monitoring Android Business Management VoIP Internet of Things Data Management Managed Service Provider Managed IT Browser Smartphones Managed IT Services Disaster Recovery Collaboration Communication Encryption Office 365 BYOD Holiday Cybersecurity Mobile Device Social Media Windows 10 Windows 10 Workplace Tips Phishing Save Money Artificial Intelligence Passwords Facebook Employer-Employee Relationship Upgrade Government Applications Wi-Fi Server Document Management Healthcare Antivirus Infrastructure Recovery Vulnerability IT Management Scam Information Project Management Unified Threat Management Risk Management Saving Money BDR Communications Compliance Network Vendor Management Tip of the week SaaS Telephone Systems Bandwidth Automation Microsoft Office Bring Your Own Device Hosted Solution Firewall Password Customer Relationship Management Office Managed Service Router Robot Data loss Files Tablet Website Storage Help Desk Gmail Money App Quick Tips Politics Wireless Chrome Blockchain Virtualization Mobile Device Management Going Green Data Security Maintenance Virtual Reality IT Service Word Work/Life Balance Two-factor Authentication Regulations Data Storage Training Apps Windows File Sharing Unified Communications Digital Payment Remote Workers Redundancy Outlook Identity Theft Upgrades Management Licensing Samsung Big Data Network Management Smart Technology Computers Miscellaneous Analytics HIPAA Customer Service Server Management Chromebook VPN Internet Exlporer How To Twitter How To Uninterrupted Power Supply Health Access Control IoT Mobility Virtual Private Network Social Monitors Machine Learning Mobile Security Remote Computing Business Technology Electronic Medical Records Company Culture Employees Software as a Service Assessment Flexibility Remote Monitoring and Management Computing Printing Alert The Internet of Things Patch Management Instant Messaging Consultation Superfish Security Cameras Office Tips Chatbots Taxes Cables Hard Disk Drive Gadget Gadgets Multi-Factor Security WPA3 Operating System Wearable Technology Enterprise Content Management Virus Servers User Error Data Warehousing Smart Tech Spyware Backup and Disaster Recovery Computing Infrastructure Proactive IT E-Commerce Virtual Assistant Mouse Finance Net Neutrality Cost Management Black Market Remote Worker Identity Users Hacking Google Calendar Fleet Tracking Tech Terms Unsupported Software Vulnerabilities Disaster Computer Repair Crowdsourcing Printer Bookmarks Microsoft Excel Connectivity Comparison Human Error Alerts 3D Printing Enterprise Resource Planning Software Tips Notifications Touchscreen IT Consulting Features Wasting Time Distributed Denial of Service Display Modem WiFi VoIP Botnet Authentication Hard Drive Apple Physical Security Networking Monitoring ROI Dark Data Sports Trending Legislation Business Growth Asset Tracking Theft IT Technicians Mobile Data Geography Spam Websites Favorites Social Engineering Specifications MSP Permission Cooperation Mobile Data Breach Electronic Health Records Managed IT Service Cookies GPS YouTube Authorization Cache Google Maps Google Drive Consulting Notes Social Networking Telephony Star Wars Supercomputer Automobile Firefox OneNote Financial Mirgation Travel High-Speed Internet Statistics SharePoint Conferencing Search Permissions Mail Merge Proactive Test Staff Content Filtering History Technology Laws Cyberattacks Break Fix Nanotechnology Tracking Settings Emoji Hotspot Recycling IT Solutions Processors Augmented Reality Avoiding Downtime Techology Managed Services Provider PowerPoint Black Friday Network Congestion Motherboard Corporate Profile Shortcut Fraud Utility Computing IT Budget USB Wireless Technology Lenovo Employee-Employer Relationship Procurement Humor Migration Development Solid State Drive Legal Law Enforcement Tech Support Bluetooth Downloads Meetings Safety Address RMM Cortana Operations G Suite Managing Stress Cabling Personal Information IBM Heating/Cooling Unified Threat Management Read Only Dark Web End of Support Screen Reader Digital Private Cloud Wires Zero-Day Threat Language Downtime eWaste Time Management Disaster Resistance Point of Sale Professional Services Cyber Monday Mobile Computing Education Computer Care WannaCry Update Hacker Technology Tips Budget Competition Printers Error Hiring/Firing Sync Staffing IP Address IT Consultant Public Cloud Fun CrashOverride Regulation Mobile Device Managment Mobile Office Administrator Domains Emergency Cybercrime Hacks Hard Drives Public Speaking Information Technology Presentation Lithium-ion battery Relocation Cleaning 5G Motion Sickness Marketing