FAQs - Helpful Terminology
Cloud computing means using the Internet to store and access data and programs, instead of storing data and programs on a nearby computer.
Internet security is a catch-all term about protecting financial and personal information when it is entered and shared on the Internet.
Phishing is the fraudulent practice when emails are sent purporting to be from a reputable sender in order to induce the receiver to reveal their personal information. Such as passwords and credit card numbers.
Malware is an abbreviated term of “malicious software.” It attempts to gain access or to damage a computer without the knowledge of the owner or administrator. Various types includes spyware, keyloggers, true viruses, worms or any type of malicious code that are transmitted by the internet.
Social media uses the internet to allow individuals to interact with others by exchanging details about their lives such as biographical data, professional information, personal photos and up-to-the-minute thoughts.
Always use anti-virus software. Choose anti-virus software by the product’s reputation. Be prepared to pay and to establish a relationship with the vendor, electronically via email or personally with the local retailer. Be prepared to regularly update the product as recommended by the vendor.
Wi-Fi is a way to wirelessly connect to the internet. It’s another link in the chain, where the internet is accessed by the “modem” or hub and the hub sends and receives radio waves to Wi-Fi connected devices. Wi-Fi is widely used in offices, shopping centres, cafes and in private homes. It uses access “protocols” to ensure that the owner or operator of the connected device is known and accountable.
These are called operating systems (Windows and IOS) which started about 30 years ago as different user experiences. At present the user experiences are quite similar and are compatible. Both systems work very well.
Similar as above but these terms refer to smart (mobile) phones and both systems work very well. The main difference is that the systems are at present not compatible.