Technology terms you should know

On May 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

For most us, technology is fairly common in our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, we often are uncertain about what the terms relating to technology actually mean. This mini glossary of tech terms can help you to understand some of the most common terms.

Cookies

Cookies are basically what allow websites to recognize you when you revisit them. By allowing cookies, you are allowing your web browser to give the website details such as your username, password and preferences. They can save you a substantial amount of time by preventing you from reentering your information over and over again.

Unfortunately, cookies can also be seen as a privacy issue. Since they store your information and track your activity they make it easier for someone to access your data. Most experts agree, however, that merely limiting the amount of cookies you allow will help protect your online identity.

URL

A URL, or uniform resource locator, is just a web address. It is what you type into the address bar of your browser, usually beginning with “http,” that takes you to the website you wish to visit.

Cloud

Cloud is one of the tech terms that is most common right now. Everybody is talking about the cloud. The cloud refers to services that are based over the Internet and don’t require additional hardware or software, like Facebook or Google Apps.

Flash

Flash is an Adobe-owned platform that lets you view certain things on your computer. Many people install Flash players or plug-ins so that they can watch videos or animation or see dynamic displays on websites. Although Flash has been the longtime leader in its field, HTML5 is rapidly catching up with it.

Knowing the basics of tech terminology is a great way to better understand the technology we interact with.

For more tech terms and their definitions, check out this glossary.

 

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