The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

ping Packet Internet Groper

A program that system administrators and hackers or crackers use to determine whether a specific computer is currently online and accessible. Pinging works by sending a packet to the specified IP address and waiting for a reply; if a reply is received, the computer is deemed to be online and accessible.

A utility that is used to verify that a data packet is capable of being distributed to an address without errors. The ping utility is commonly used to check for network errors.