CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Companies often use extranets to provide information to a select group of people, such as business partners or customers. While an extranet may look like an ordinary Web site, users need to enter a password or use digital encryption to access it. For example, Federal Express customers can track packages on the company's extranet by entering a tracking number. And Bank of America's extranet lets users transfer funds or look up account balances online.
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