For nearly all 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 unsure, we have created a mini glossary of common tech terms you should be familiar with.
Cookies are what allow websites to know who you are. If you allow cookies, your web browser will automatically deliver your information such as username, password or preferences. They are useful because they save you from having to reenter your information every time you visit a website.
Although cookies are rather convenient, some view them as a privacy issue. They store your information and track your activity, which can make it easier for others to access your information. Most experts agree, however, that restricting the amount of cookies you use is sufficient for protecting your online identity.
A URL, or uniform resource locator, is just a web address. It is what you type into the address bar of your browser, generally beginning with “http,” that takes you to the website you wish to visit.
Cloud is one of the tech terms that is most popular 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 is a platform owned by Adobe that allows you to view animation and dynamic displays on the Internet. Installing a Flash plug-in on your browser ensures that you can view certain videos and other displays that can’t otherwise be seen. Although Flash has been the leader for a long time, HTML5 is quickly emerging as a competitor.
Although tech terms can become quite complicated at times, knowing the basics can help you to better understand the technology we’re using every day.
For more tech terms and their meanings, check out this glossary.