The computer words we should know..


Have you ever experienced having no idea of some computer related technology terms?

Often I find many of the words are new and confusing for me to understand in whole sentences, especially computer technology terms.

Well.. we can just ignore them but we should know some of basic technology words and common system everyone uses. The basic understanding of them will help you to protect your privacy information from this huge cyber world and against some nasty scammers.


What is social media?

Social media is a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of virtual networks and communities.

Facebook, Instagram. Twiter, YouTube etc are well-known social media platforms.

Social media is the great way to share your images and stories with friends and family.

However be aware of other’s people can look at your photos and access your information. some can use them for other purposes.


Blog and Vlog are types of social media to share your ideas and thoughts.

Blog : a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Vlog : a personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos.


Computer system and technology terms

Cloud

Simply put, the cloud is the Internet—more specifically, it's all of the things you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it's stored on Internet servers instead of your computer's hard drive. So you can access your stored files in anywhere as long as you have internet connection. (No need floppy disc or CD to carry your files).


Bluetooth

Bluetooth device works by using radio waves instead of wires or cables to connect with your cell phone, smartphone or computer. A single Bluetooth headset can even connect to multiple devices at the same time. This enables you to talk on the phone or listen to music without the bother of wires or cords.


Domain

A domain is a set of computers on a network that are managed as a unit.


Browser

A software program that allows you to surf the web. Popular web browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.


Cookies

A piece of code or data created by a web server and stored on a user's computer. It is used to keep track of the user's usage patterns and preferences.

You will see those when you enter some websites. They ask your permission to agree their cookie terms. I normally click “Yes” or “agree” to view the websites.

By pushing yes, you are sharing some informations your behaviour on websites.

Basically where you are located, how long you stayed on and access the website by mobiles, computer or tablets etc.


Upload (verb)

To save or send data to a network or another computer. You upload information when you post words, pictures or videos on social media, send an email, or save files on a website.


Backup (verb)

To copy files or databases to another site or an external drive (for example a USB flash drive or stick). This is done to preserve data in case of equipment failure or any other problems.


Zip

To zip files is to archive and compress them into one file of smaller size using a program such as WinZip. It's a handy way to make files smaller before sending them via email.


CAD

Computer-aided design (CAD) is a type of software that allows users to create 2D and 3D design and modelling. CAD is used by architects, engineers, artists and other professionals to create precise technical drawings.


Firewall

A firewall is a barrier that acts as a security system to protect trusted computer systems and networks from outside connections and untrusted networks, such as the Internet.


RAM

Random access memory (RAM) is usually referred to as a computer's "memory" - it stores information used by programs. Generally, the larger your computer's RAM, the more programs it can run at once without slowing down.


Spam

Spam refers to unsolicited email messages sent for marketing purposes.


URL

A URL (unique resource locator) or web address is the string of characters you type into a browser to access a particular website or other resource on the Internet. (eg. http://www.bc2-design.com )


Server

A server is a computer that handles requests for data, email, file transfers, and other network services from other computers.


Please make sure when you got emails from unknown persons with very tempting tiltes or something about unpaid small amount of money, for examples, the delivery fee $1 to pay to receive the big award or unpaid tax etc. - don't panic and probably best to ignore them or report as spam mails.

Always make a call to check with family, IRD or the place you contacted before making any decisions or payments.

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