Basic Computer Terms:
- Anti-Virus: software designed to detect and destroy computer viruses
- Apps: an abbreviated form of the word "application." An application is a typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices
- Bluetooth: a brand name for a wireless networking technology that uses short-wave radio frequencies to interconnect cell phones, portable computers, and other wireless electronic devices.
- Cache: type of computer memory used to hold frequently used data.
- Cookies: A small text file created by a Web site that is stored in the user's computer either temporarily for that session only or permanently on the hard drive. Cookies provide a way for the Web site to recognize you and keep track of your preferences.
- Cyber Attack: an attempt to damage, disrupt, or gain unauthorized access to a computer, computer system, or electronic communications network.
- Data: information processed or stored by a computer.
- Encryption: The process of encoding a message so that it can be read only by the sender and the intended recipient.
- Firewall: system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network.
- Hacking: the unauthorized gaining of access to a computer
- Hard Drive: where the computer data is stored.
- Hardware: The physical machinery and devices that make up a computer system
- Instant Messaging: transmission of an electronic message over a computer network using software that immediately displays the message in a window on the screen of the recipient.
- Malware: software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.
- Mobile Device: a portable, wireless computing device that is small enough to be used while held in the hand
- Monitor: video device attached to the computer which displays the task you are performing.
- Network: multiple computers and other devices such as printers that are linked together so they can communicate with each other to share data, hardware and other resources.
- Network Drive: a storage device on a local access network (LAN) within a business or home.
- Operating System: software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.
- PC (Personal Computer): a general-purpose device that can be programmed to carry out a set of operations automatically.
- Phishing: an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients.
- Plug Ins: a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing software application.
- Processor: electronic circuitry within a computer which processes the basic instructions that drive a computer.
- RAM: an acronym for random access memory. It is the most common type of memory found in computers and other devices.
- Social Engineering: psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.
- Social Media: collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. (ex: Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Social Networking: the use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself.
- Software: general term that describes computer programs
- Virus: small programs or scripts that can negatively affect your computer.
- Web Browser: a program used for displaying and viewing pages on theWorld Wide Web. (ex: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome)
- Wi-Fi: wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide high-speed Internet and network connections.
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