Abort
Cancels a file while it is still active. The other party will be informed that the file was cancelled and not completely received.

Activation
The process of making an email address ready to use for transfers. Whenever a new email address is entered, either as a Primary Email Address or an Alias, it must first be activated. The Relay first sends a message to the specified email address, which describes the activation process and provides an activation code. Next, the user visits the website and enters the email address and its activation code. If all the credentials match, then the email address is activated and can be used to send and receive files. Account activation is crucial to prevent unauthorized access to email accounts and prevents many forms of fraud.

Alias
An email address that is deemed synonymous with the Primary Email Address. Aliases allow users to make their many email identities all act as one.

Banned
Email addresses which have been blocked from using the service as a sender or as a recipient due to complaints or violations of the terms of use.

Blocked
Email addresses which have been blocked by a particular user by their request. This will prevent those email address for initiating transfers to that user. Blocking an email address is a symmetrical process. If user A blocks user B from sending files to user A, then user A is also blocked from sending files to user B.

Boycotted
Email addresses which have been blocked from using the service as sender or as a recipient by their own request. Boycotting can be requested at the website.

Cage
A directory created on the Client computer to store all data for files that are undergoing transfer. The Cage acts as a quarantine for files until they are completed. The Cage can also manage the amount of hard disk space that has been allocated for transfers.

Cage Size Limit
The byte limit that the cage is allowed to expand to. By setting a Cage Size Limit, you can prevent incoming transfers from using all of your remaining hard disk space. When your Cage reaches its limit, all incoming transfers are halted until space is freed up or the Cage Size Limit is increased.

Client
Refers to the application that is executed on a users computer that implements the Protocol and display information to the user.

Delete
Removes a file from your Cage after it has been set to Ready to Save. The sender will not be informed of the deletion and will assume you received the file properly. This operation is provided solely to allow an unwanted file to be removed without pulling it out of the Cage. Also known as Purge.

Expiration
When a file is sent, it receives an expiration date. In order to complete sucessfully, a file must be fully received before this time. Upon reaching this date and time, the file is silently removed and its status is changed to Expired.

File
Each file sent via magicVORTEX is tracked by several attributes in addition to the file's name, size, and modified date.

Sender - The email address of the sender of the file.

Recipient - The email address of the target recipient, which may or may not be a registered user.

Status - The current status of the file, which may appear differently depending on whether the user is the file's sender or recipient.

Location - An internal attribute that can track which computer is working on this particular file. This is useful when a user operates the Client application on multiple computers using the same account. The Relay can track which files are being transferred to which computers.

File History
The journal of all files historically sent to or by the user and is available only at the website.

Finalize
The act of completing the transfer of a file. This can be to signal the successful conclusion of receiving the file or a request to abort the file before it is fully transferred. Once a file is finalized, it is not longer considered an active file and can only be inquired about through your File History.

Guest List
Your guest list displays all of the people that you have invited to send you files without requiring them to have their own accounts. You invite a guest by issuing a Guest Pass. Once issued, your guest will receive an email describing how to send you files and how long the Guest Pass is valid for. Files that your guests send to you count against your Transfer Limit and can affect the amount of data you can transfer.

Guest Pass
A guest pass enables anyone to send you files using your account. A file sent to you by your guest will count against your own account's Transfer Limit. A guest pass is valid until its displayed expiration date or until you revoke them, whichever occurs first. A guest pass can be reissued once it has expired. A guest pass has certain limitations, specifically, your guests can only: send files to you, send files via the magicvortex.com website, and send files that are no larger than your current Transfer Limit.

Inventory
The list of active and inactive files which have been send by or sent to the current user.

Online / Offline
The status of the Client application with regards to communicating with the Relay. When the Client has just successfully contacted the Relay the status will be set to Online. When the Relay cannot be reached or other network errors occur, then the status will be set to Offline. The sending of files cannot be initiated while the Client is Offline. This property is closely related to the Transfer Agent "Active" attribute.

Packet Size
The size in bytes of each data packet used for communication with the Relay. All of your files will be split into pieces each as large as the Packet Size. During transfer, your files are sent, piece by piece, in sequential order. Larger packets may improve overall performance and smaller packets will make the system more responsive.

Primary Email Address
The email address associated with an account that is used for sign-in purposes. All other email addresses associated with an account are called Aliases and cannot be used for authentication. To change the Primary Email Address, it must be switched with an activated alias.

Private Transfer Network (PTN)
A private community of users where sending data can be restricted to only other members of that community. Must be set up by magicVORTEX Customer Support Staff.

Publish
The act of initiating the transfer of a file. The most critical part of sending files is the publishing process. Once a file is successfully published, both sender and recipient can view the progress of the file during its Active state. You can afterwards determine the outcome of a file through the Inventory or your File History. No records are kept if a file is not successfully published.

Purge
See Delete.

Relay
The server which facilitates all transfer activity between users. All data is sent to the Relay by the sender followed by the recipient receiving that same data from The Relay. The relay is referred to by its domain name.

Repository
The storage facility at the Relay for holding file data in escrow until the recipient completes the transfer. All transferred data is held in a secure location and is stripped of all identifying attributes. Support engineers do not have access to user data. The Repository acts a buffer between sender and recipient to keep the flow of data as smooth as possible.

Save
Copies a file out of the Cage after it has been completed. This is the only a user actually get to utilize the file after receiving it.

Secure Mode
The mode in which all communication between the Client and the Relay are encrypted using 128-bit strength SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Transfer Agent
The module that implements the Protocol and automates the transferring of active files. It has the following three Boolean attributes:

Started - The transfer agent is continuously attempting communications with the Relay.

Enabled - The transfer agent is currently configured in a valid state. In order to become enabled, Email Address, Password, and Relay must be specified.

Active - The transfer agent is currently online with the specified Relay. The transfer agent cannot be Active if it is not also Enabled.

Transfer Limit
The transfer limit is the amount disk space reserved for your account on the magicVORTEX Relay. It restricts how many total bytes you can have outstanding at one time. Once a file has been completed or aborted, it not longer counts against your transfer limit. When you send a file to multiple recipients at the same time, it only counts against your transfer limit once. Your computer only needs to send one copy of the file when sending to more than one recipient.

Transfer Rate
The rate is which the Transfer Agent contacts the Relay to discover new information and transfer data packets. 10 is the faster rate and 1 is the slowest. By lowering your Transfer Rate, you can save more bandwidth for other uses and still transfer files at the same time.

User Profile
A configuration file that is created for a user on each computer. It stores all of the configuration required to run the Transfer Agent. The profiles are typically named after the Primary Email Address and has a .XML extension.

Vortex Protocol
The set of requests and responses that make up the language used between Client and Relay. The Vortex Protocol is a message-based communication protocol that is formatted in XML. These messages are sent using HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) over the standard ports, 80 & 443 respectively.