You should know these 4 tech terms

May 25th, 2011

For most of us, technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. Many of us, however, still are hazy on a great deal of common technology terms. Fortunately, for those that are confused, we have created a mini glossary of common tech terms you should be familiar with.

Cookies

Cookies are what allow websites to know who you are. If you allow cookies, your web browser will automatically supply your information such as username, password or preferences. They are convenient because they save you from having to reenter your information each and every time you visit a website.

Unfortunately, cookies can also be seen as a privacy issue. Because 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, which is short for uniform resource locator, is basically the web address of a website. It is what you type into the address bar of a browser when you would like to be directed to a web page.

Cloud

Cloud is one of the most used terms in tech these days yet it still has quite a few people scratching their heads. The cloud is made up of web-based services that you can use on any computer without purchasing hardware or installing software. Google Docs and Facebook are among the most common cloud services today.

Flash

Flash is an Adobe Systems-owned platform that allows for great web interactivity. Installing a Flash plug-in on your browser enables you to view animations, certain displays and videos. Although Flash has been the longtime standard, HTML5 is surfacing as a valid competitor.

Technology-related terms can seem overwhelming but understanding the basics can make it all much easier to grasp.

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


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