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4 tech terms you should know

Business Technology | May 25, 2011

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

Cookies

Cookies are fundamentally what allow websites to identify you when you revisit them. By allowing cookies, you are allowing your web browser to give the website information 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.

Cookies are also seen by some as a privacy issue. Since they store your information and track your activity, somebody could easily obtain your data. You can protect yourself, however, by using cookies sparingly.

URL

A URL, which is short for uniform resource letter, is basically the web address of a website. It is what you type into the address bar of a browser when you want to be directed to a web page.

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 a platform owned by Adobe that enables you to view animation and dynamic displays on the Internet. Installing a Flash plug-in on your browser means 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 get rather complicated at times, knowing the basics can help you to better understand the technology we’re using every day.

If you’d like to see a more in-depth description of tech terms, take a look at this glossary.


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