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DNS (Domain Name System)

DNS is the acronym used for Domain Name System.  DNS refers to the naming system invented in 1983 and used by computers, networks, and other Internet connected services to translate otherwise complicated strings of numbers (IP addresses) into easy to remember addresses (domain names).  When you visit a website, a request is sent to the root servers, which sends your request to the authoritative registry’s name servers, which in turn sends you to the authoritative provider’s name servers, which then translates your domain name into the IP address and sends you to the applicable web server, which then delivers the web page to you.  Thank goodness they didn’t invent the Domain Name System to rely on postal mail… The description just given to you happens in micro-seconds!

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