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Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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24 May 2013


  • a computer programme designed to detect viruses and any other harmful computer code, and prevent them from infecting your computer, network, website, etc.
Example Sentences:Norton is probably the best-known anti-virus software.
My anti-virus software is set to scan my computer on a weekly basis.

VIRUS /ˈvaɪə .rəs/

22 May 2013


  • a computer program or part of a computer program which can make copies of itself and is intended to prevent the computer from working normally
Example Sentences:I can’t even start my computer anymore. I think it must be infected with a virus.
Never open an email attachment if you don’t know who it’s from. It might contain a virus.


20 May 2013


  • the set of laws, rules, and practices that regulate how an organization manages, protects, and distributes sensitive information over the internet or intranet
Example Sentences:If it is important for a website to be secure, then it is important to be sure all of the security policy is enforced by mechanisms that are strong enough.
As our website has experienced a number of recent security breaches, we’re developing a new security policy.


18 May 2013


  • to open a computer file, network or website in order to look at or change information in it
Example Sentences:This won’t fix all of the issues, but it will certainly make it harder for hackers to access sensitive information.
I can’t access the website right now. Do you know if it’s down?

PASSWORD /ˈpɑːs.wɜːd/

16 May 2013


  • a string of characters to verify the identity of a user that logs on to a network or to a local computer
Example Sentences:So you mean all users have to register and log in with a username and password?
Ensure that your password includes at least six letters and one number.

USERNAME /ˈjuː.zə.neɪm/

14 May 2013


  • a name to identify yourself to a computer or network - you will need this when you log in
Example Sentences:If you’ve forgotten your username, follow this link.
For this particular login, your username is your registered email address.


11 May 2013

phrasal verb

  • to connect to a computer to a computer system by typing your name (or username and password)
Example Sentences:Please log in with your username and password.
After you have logged in, click on “My Account.”

TO REGISTER /ˈredʒ.ɪ.stər/

10 May 2013


  • to put information, especially your name or email address, into an official list or record on a website
Example Sentences:To use the forum of this site, you need to register.
Only registered users can access the subscriber’s area of the site.


09 May 2013


  • A website or network with a sign-in policy requires all users to log in with a username and password. This ensures that only registered users enter the site.
Example Sentences:Workplace English Training E-Platform has a sign-in policy. Only registered users can enter the member’s area.
Most premium content sites have a sign-in policy.

SECURE /sɪˈkjʊər/

08 May 2013


  • describes a computer or computer network which is safe from external threats, risks, etc.
Example Sentences:The security audit report concluded that our website is 100% secure.
Make sure your site is very secure because you hold a lot of confidential information on it.

HACKING /hækɪŋ/

07 May 2013


  • Hacking involves attacking and invading someone else's computer, usually for personal gain or just for the satisfaction of being able to invade someone else's computer. Hackers are usually computer experts who enjoy having the power to invade someone else's privacy.
Example Sentences:Our website is down. It’s been hacked.
Make sure your website has been checked for security weaknesses. Otherwise, you could get hacked.

JOB INTERVIEW /dʒɒb ˈɪn.tə.vjuː/

05 Sep 2012

noun phrase

  • a meeting in which someone asks you questions to see if you are suitable for a job
Example Sentences:I had an interview for a job with a publishing company.
The interview didn’t go very well. I doubt I’ll get the job.


04 Sep 2012


  • someone who works in offices, doing work that needs mental rather than physical effort
Example Sentences:Cambridge has a lot of high-tech industries employing mostly white-collar workers.
White-collar workers tend to earn considerably more than blue-collar workers.


03 Sep 2012


  • someone who does work needing strength or physical skill rather than office work
Example Sentences:Pittsburg is a steel town, mainly populated by blue-collar workers.
Blue-collar workers tend to earn much less than skilled professionals.

TEMPORARY WORKER /ˈtem.pər.ər.i ˈwɜː.kər/

02 Sep 2012


  • Employee who is not permanently hired but hired just for a limited period of time
Example Sentences:During the peak season, the hotel employs a number of temporary workers.
As a temporary worker, I’m not entitled to the same benefits as the permanent workers.