MAC address

Media Access Control address. A unique identifier given to each network device by its manufacturer. The MAC address is a series of codes separated by dashes.

MAC address filtering

A router feature that allows only computers with authorized MAC addresses to connect to it wirelessly .


A programmable language embedded in a large program, often used to automate tasks .

macro virus

A type of virus that is created in a macro language and embedded in a document. Macro viruses are the most common type of computer virus.


Malicious software. A generic term for software that has been written for malicious or illicit purposes, includes viruses, spyware, and other damaging programming.

memory-resident virus

A type of computer virus that sits in a computer's random access memory (RAM).


A device that connects a computer to an Internet provider or another computer over conventional telephone lines at low speeds.


The main circuit board in a computer to which the system's components , including the microprocessor and memory, are attached.

multi-partite virus

A virus that attacks several parts of a computer including programs, files, and boot sectors.


See network address translation.

network address translation (NAT)

A technology that provides a built-in firewall feature on home network routers by hiding internal IP addresses. It is also known as natural address translation.

Absolute Beginners Guide To. Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses
Absolute Beginners Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses
ISBN: 0789734591
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 168

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