POP- Two commonly used meanings: “Point of Presence” and “Post Office Protocol”. A “Point of Presence” usually means a city or location where a network can be connected to, often with dialup phone lines, so if an Internet company says they will soon have a POP in Belgrade, it means that they will soon have a local phone number in Belgrade, and/or a place where leased-lines can connect to their network. A second meaning, “Post Office Protocol” refers to the way e-mail software such as Eudora gets mail from a mail server. When you obtain a SLIP, PPP, or shell account you almost always get a POP account with it, and it is this POP account that you tell your e-mail software to use to get your mail. See also: PPP, SLIP

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