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Understanding downloads and uploads: Tips, tricks and basic risks

Understanding downloads and uploads: Tips, tricks and basic risks

You hear the words upload and download frequently. But what does it mean to upload something to your computer? Or what happens when you download?

There's always a lot happening on the back end when it comes to computers, and it's not always necessary to understand how it all works. But, in this instance, it is. That's because downloading and uploading can get you into trouble if you don't take some things into consideration.

We're here to help explain the difference between the two and simple tips, tricks and basic risks to remember.

First, let's start with a general description of what the terms actually mean. Here's a quick breakdown:

Uploading

Uploading occurs when data is sent from an individual user's computer to another computer, network, website, mobile device or some other nearby connected location. For instance, when you share pictures of your children and grandchildren on Facebook you are uploading the pictures to the social networking site.

Downloading

Downloading occurs when something on the transfer of data (normally from the Web) is saved on your computer. This happens when you put software on your computer or pull anything off the Internet such as books, music, programs and more.

Next page: What you need to know about file transfers
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