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MN Tech Terms

Nothing wrong with a little fun, you betcha! But we’d be missing the boat if we didn’t share the TRUE definitions, don’t ya know? Toss these terms in your tackle box of tech knowledge!

  • Phishing: Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails, texts or other communication purporting to be from reputable companies to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
  • Virus: Viruses are a form of malware that can infect connected devices of all kinds. Viruses can corrupt or delete data on a computer, use email programs to spread itself to other computers or even delete information on a hard drive.
  • Worm: A worm is a form of malware that is designed to replicate itself and spread across computer networks. Unlike viruses, which typically require user action (such as opening an infected file) to spread, worms can self-replicate and spread automatically without user intervention.
  • Ransomware: This type of malware occurs when you download something onto your device that triggers a lock on its files and data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware renders the device data encrypted, making it inaccessible or unreadable. The attacker then pressures their target with demands—such as a payment deadline—to have their device released back to them. Hackers use methods such as compromised websites, an infected software download or a malicious email link to lure victims into downloading ransomware.
  • HTTP: HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It’s a set of rules that allows web browsers Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to communicate with web servers (where websites are stored) on the internet. The updated standard, HTTPS, offers increased encryption and other features for increased security.
  • HTML: HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. As a foundational technology on the web, t is the standard markup language used to create and structure how images, text and content are displayed on web pages.
  • Cookies: Cookies are text files that store information about you and the data you share with a website. Cookies can be helpful by saving your login info or shopping cart, but they can also be a privacy concern. When given a choice, select the option to only allow strictly necessary cookies. It’s also a good idea to clear out the cookies regularly in your browser cache.
  • Storage: Storage refers to the process of preserving digital data for later use. Storage devices can be hardware-based (physical) or software-based (virtual), and they come in various forms, including: Hard Disk Drives, flash drives and online. cloud storage, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3.
  • Backup: Backup refers to the process of making copies of data to safeguard against loss, corruption, or accidental deletion. These copies, known as backup copies, are stored separately from the original data and can be used to restore the data in case of data loss or damage. Backups serve as a critical component of data management and disaster recovery strategies, ensuring that organizations can recover their data and resume operations swiftly in the event of hardware failures, software errors, cyberattacks, natural disasters, or other unforeseen incidents.
  • Tablet: Tablets are portable, internet connected devices that features touchscreen interfaces Tablets are designed for a variety of tasks, including web browsing, email, multimedia consumption, gaming, and productivity applications. Touchscreen and apps are common.
  • Data: Data refers to any information or digital content that is stored, transmitted, or processed by computers, networks, and online systems. Data can take various forms, including text, numbers, images, videos, audio files, and more.
  • Device: A broad term for gadgets a “device” refers to any physical object or electronic gadget that is capable of connecting to the internet and exchanging data with other devices or online services, and can include phones, computers, tablets and other tech.
  • Freeze: When a device or application “freezes,” it becomes unresponsive and stops functioning as expected. Users experience delays or lose the ability to perform tasks.
  • Hacking: Hacking broadly refers to the unauthorized or unwanted access, to computer systems, networks, or digital devices. Hacking encompasses a broad range of activities, from benign exploration and experimentation to malicious attacks and cybercrime.
  • Lag: Lag refers to a slow response from internet service or a device, or a notable decrease in speed. Lag results from things like network congestion, poor signals or inadequate bandwidth.
  • Cache: Cache refers to a hardware or software component that stores frequently accessed or recently used data, instructions, or resources in a quickly accessible location. The purpose of a cache is to reduce latency and improve performance by providing faster access to commonly accessed items.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology offering device connectivity for a limited number of devices over small distances (usually up to 30 feet). Bluetooth is similar to WiFi in that it uses radio waves to transfer data, but can’t typically support as many users or devices.
  • Gig: Short for gigabit. In the context of internet speeds, a “gig” typically refers to a gigabit, which is a unit of digital information equal to 1,000 Megabytes.

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