What on earth are you talking about?  Every field has its own set of short-cut phrases and acronyms, and IT is no different.

The list is growing every day.  Here’s a list of 13 common acronyms you may already use and some new ones you may not have even heard of yet:

1. BaaS – Backup as a Service

No more tapes or hard drives to be changed by staff onsite.  BaaS is one of many services available in the cloud.

2. BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

The practice of allowing employees to bring personally-owned smartphones or tablets into the workplace and using them to access company information such as email.

3. DNS – Domain Name System

DNS translates domain names into IP addresses, so you can access an Internet location by a name in a search engine rather than an IP Address (i.e. a number).

4. HaaS – Hardware as a Service

This can refer to an outside company owning and managing the servers and workstations in your office or having servers located and managed in a secure off-site location.  The key is that you rent the utility of the hardware, rather than owning the hardware itself.

5. HTML – HyperText Markup Language

Web pages are written in this language in order to be displayed properly in a Web browser.

6. HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol

Whenever you type a URL into your browser and hit Enter, your computer sends an HTTP request to the appropriate Web server. The Web server, which is designed to handle HTTP requests, then sends to you the requested HTML page.

7. IAM – Identity and Access Management

Applications that allow multi-factor user authorizations for increased security.

8. IDaaS – Identity and Access Management as a Service

IAM services in the cloud that are managed by your IT provider and are often more cost-effective for smaller businesses.

9. IP Address – Internet Protocol Address

This is the language that computers use to communicate over the Internet.  Every machine on a network has its own, unique IP address.  IP addresses consist of four sets of numbers from 0 to 255, separated by three dots.  For example:  In the not too distant future, a new version of this protocol will be mainstream, called IPv6.

10. RAM – Random Access Memory

RAM is made up of small memory chips that form a memory module.  The more RAM your computer has, the more data can be loaded from the hard drive into the RAM, which can effectively speed up your computer.  Typically 8GB RAM is the starting place for new desktop or laptop computers today.

11. SaaS – Software as a Service

SaaS is software that is deployed over the Internet rather than installed on a computer.  Many services can be deployed through the cloud, but SaaS is what most people think of when they talk about “cloud computing”.

12. SSL – Secure Sockets Layer

SSL is a secure protocol developed for sending information securely over the Internet.  When you visit a Web address starting with “https,” the “s” after the “http” indicates the website is secure. These websites often use SSL certificates to verify their authenticity.

And, finally, the most dreaded of all:

13. BSOD – Blue Screen of Death

When Windows crashes and you see a blank blue screen.  Remain calm and call your IT provider.

Learn More: TechTerms.com Acronyms and Definitions