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Computer Definitions

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Social Networking Sites Allows users to communicate with each other and share their lives in a virtual community. Some examples are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumblr.
Cookie Tracking Lets some websites remember information about you like your password and username. Cookies can make the website personalized just for you.
Hacker A person who gains unauthorized access to a computer
Virus Programs that can hurt your computer. A virus can create, move, or erase your files and cause your computer to not work properly.
Identity Theft A crime where someone wrongfully gets and uses another person’s name and/or personal data in order to benefit themselves
Plagiarism Taking someone else’s ideas or work and claiming they are your own
Intellectual Property Creations of the mind: inventions, trademarks, novels, poems, plays, film, music, artistic works. Allows the owners of the creations to benefit. Protects their works.
Copyright The exclusive legal right, given to the creator of a work to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same
Fair Use Act Allows limited use of a copyrighted work without payment.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Updates US copyright law to include digital media
Internet Censorship The control or blocking of what can be viewed or published on the internet
Netiquette Good manners when using the internet. Respecting others’ privacy and not doing annoying behaviors online
Spam Junk email. E-mail that you don’t want to get. People who “spam” usually send useless e-mails (or advertising) to large numbers of people at once.
Spyware Software that can spy on your computer. It can get passwords, e-mail messages, credit card information and more.
Anti-Virus Software Anti-virus programs are designed to detect and remove viruses from your computer.
Filtering Software Filtering software restricts and controls the content a user can see.
Malware Programs designed to do damage to computers. “mal” means bad!
Internet Search Engines Used to locate websites when users enter search terms or phrases. Some examples are: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask
Internet Domains A name used to identify a website. .com (commercial site) .edu (educational site) .gov (government site) .org (organization)
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