Tech terms you should know

Though technology is present in all of our daily lives, a good deal of us are still unfamiliar with the terms surrounding it. Luckily, we’re here to clear up some of the confusion. Read on for an explanation of four common technology-related terms.

Cookies

Cookies allow websites to identify you when you revisit them. By enabling cookies, you are letting your browser store your information, such as username, password and preferences, and provide it for the site you are visiting. They are a time-saver that can be very useful for avid Internet users.

Unfortunately, cookies can also be viewed 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 simply limiting the amount of cookies you allow will help protect your online identity.

URL

A URL, or uniform resource locator, is the web address for a particular site. It is what you type into the address bar at the top of your web browser which brings you to the website you wish to visit.

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 buying hardware or installing software. Google Docs and Facebook are among the most popular cloud services today.

Flash

Flash is an Adobe-owned platform that enables you to 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 quickly catching up with it.

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

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

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