Glossary

Fax

Fax is short for facsimile. It is a document delivered via a telephone line. A conventional fax machine digitizes a document into a bit map, which can then be transmitted like a regular telephone call. The fax machine that is the recipient of the transmission converts the bit map back into its regular pixelated form, reproducing the original document.

Internet Fax

A service that adopts Internet protocol (IP) infrastructure to receive and send faxed pages. The majority of online faxing services communicate Internet faxes via email. These services usually offer Internet fax solutions such as fax to email and email to fax.

Online Faxing Service

A service provider that sanctions organizations or individuals to register an account in order for these users to send and receive faxes utilizing the online faxing service providerís network. Only software is required, users employing online faxing services are not required to purchase or maintain any hardware.

Interface

A web platform that allows the user to log on and run their online fax account. As long as the user has access to the Internet, they can log on whenever they want to in order to send and receive Internet faxes.

SSL

Secure Sockets Layer is a protocol created to provide security concerning communications over the Internet. A symmetric key is exchanged between the parties involved in the communication; this key is used to encrypt the data being transported between the parties.

TSL

Transport Layer Security is very similar to Secure Sockets Layer; in fact, many people use the terms TSL and SSL interchangeably, however, there are minor differences. Secure Sockets Layer is the Predecessor to Transport Layer Security and Transport Layer Security has a marginally higher level of security.

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