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 unsure, we have created a mini glossary of common tech terms you should be familiar with.
Cookies are basically what allow websites to recognize you when you revisit them. By allowing cookies, you are allowing your web browser to give the website details such as your username, password and preferences. They can save you a great deal 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 gain access to your data. You can protect yourself, however, by using cookies sparingly.
A URL, or uniform resource locator, is simply a web address. It is what you type into the address bar of your browser, usually 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 an Adobe-owned platform that allows you to view certain things on your computer. Many people install Flash players or plug-ins in order to 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.
Although tech terms can get quite 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.