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Last Updated: Oct 07, 2014 08:50PM PDT
So what do the terms used in WebSpy reports really mean? Here are the definitions for some of those terms.
Browsing Time:
Browsing Time is calculated by looking at the date/time stamp of each hit, and then grouping the hits into sessions. Whether a hit falls into a particular session or not is based on a special 'threshold time'. The default threshold time 5 minutes, but you can change this. So, if 2 hits are within 5 minutes of each other they are grouped into the same session. If a 3rd hit is made within 5 minutes of the 2nd hit, this is also added to the same session. If there is a break of more than 5 minutes, with no hits made, then the previous session is finished and a new session is started when the next hit is made. 
The browsing time of all sessions is added together to get the total browsing time for a user. 
If a user opens a browser and then walks away from their computer for an hour, as long as the website they have opened does not have any self-refreshing banner ads or tickers on it, then no time will be added to that user's browsing time while they are away from their PC, apart from the initial 2 seconds to open the website.
Download Time / Processing Time:
Download Time is taken directly from the log file, and is defined by the proxy server as the time taken to download the resource from the website. So for each resource downloaded from a website (eg each picture, each banner ad, etc) the time taken to download that resource is recorded. 
The individual times for each resource are then summed to get the total Download Time for a User, Site, Date, etc.
A hit is defined as any single resource (eg a file or any other item) downloaded from an Internet site to your computer. One web page can be made up of many hits - the main page, the pictures on the page, the files on the page and so on. Each picture and other resource is counted as a separate hit.
IAU policy:
An IAU policy is the acronym used for Internet Acceptable Usage policy. This is the publicly made available document to all new and existing employees of an organization that clearly and succinctly explains how the Internet resource is to be used within the workplace environment. Often this is a legal document that has been formulated by a combination of the Human Resources and IT departments to ensure correct and appropriate web surfing. WebSpy's analysis and reporting solutions have been proven to reduce inappropriate web usage when used in conjunction with such a document. 
IP address:
An IP address is a unique string of numbers that identifies a computer on the Internet or on a network, consisting of 4 parts separated by dots, e.g. This number may be represented by a simple name e.g. www.webspy.com
A protocol is a special set of rules or conventions for communication between two computers. Both computers must recognize and observe the protocol. Different types of Internet traffic use different protocols. Protocols are often described in an industry or international standard.

Site Extension:

A site extension is the part of the Site Resource consisting of the letters to the right of the period. The site extension identifies the type of file that has been downloaded, so that your operating system knows what program to associate the file with.

Using the Files Alias enables you to group site extensions, such as 'htm', 'xml', 'css', into a representative name, such as 'Web Document'.

Site Name:
The site name is the part of the web page's URL before the first forward slash character '/'. e.g. www.webspy.com is a site name.

Site Profile:
Profiles are WebSpy's system of categorising web sites. This is done based on keyword matching on the Site URL. Sample profiles are provided with the software, and can be fully customized in the Profiles section of Vantage.
Site Resource:
Resources are the individual items that you download from a web site. The resource name is the part of the URL that comes after the first forward slash character '/'.
e.g. www.webspy.com/logo.gif indicates there is a resource called /logo.gif stored at the site www.webspy.com
URL / Site URL:
URLs are the Internet equivalent of addresses. URL stands for either Universal Resource Locator or Uniform Resource Locator, depending on the source of the definition. In WebSpy the URL field includes both the Site Name or IP address, as well as the resouce part of the website, eg www.webspy.com/images/image1.jpg

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