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network multiple devices that communicate and share information with one another
netiquette a code of good behavior on the Internet
piracy the act of installing and using commercial software without paying for the program
software the general term for computer programs, applications, scripts, and instruction sets
hardware the physical parts of a computer and related devices
freeware software that is free to use without requiring any payment or licensing fee
shareware software that you can use--usually with limited functionality or for a limited time--on a trial basis before paying for it
copyright a legal means of protecting an author's work; a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author
copyright infringement a violation of an individual or organization's copyright; the unauthorized use of protected material, such as text, photos, videos, music, software, and other original content
public domain a legal term that describes a work or product that is not protected by copyright because the protection has 1) expired, 2) been released by the author, or 3) never existed in the first place
fair use the defensive doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for the purpose of news reporting, teaching, and/or research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder
ethics a set of moral principles that govern the behavior of a group or individual
virus small, malicious software (malware) or scripts that can negatively affect the health of a computer
ransomware a type of malware that prevents you from using your computer or accessing certain files unless you pay a ransom
spyware software that secretly "spies" on your computer to capture information like Web browsing habits, e-mail messages, usernames and passwords, and credit card information
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