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Speak Like A Geek And Confuse Your Friends

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posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 07:56 AM
Ok the titles not completely true but this news story on the BBC is a little worrying.

The average home computer user is bamboozled by technology jargon which is used to warn people about the most serious security threats online.

Fair enough I thought, but then I looked at the words that tend to confuse people.

Virus: Malicious program designed to damage data; usually spread via infected e-mail attachments
Trojan: Malicious software disguised as harmless program
Firewall: Software to protect computers against hackers
Keylogging: Software/hardware to track keystrokes on a computer to gather passwords, credit card numbers
Pharming: When fraudsters redirect net users from legitimate to fake sites
Phishing: Fraudulent e-mails and pop-ups to fool you into revealing personal information for criminal gain
Rogue dialler: Software that installs itself on computers and changes settings to dial a premium rate number instead of usual dial-up account
Spam: Unsolicited e-mails, often offering products or services in which you have no interest
Spyware: Small programs that secretly monitor sites visited, potentially violating privacy and slowing computers

No wonder internet crime is on the rise, people are using the internet without understanding the danger and threats that lurk if your not prepared.
Be prepared, use anti-virus software, a good firewall and use a good spyware remover....oh..and stop using IE..firefox is much better

[edit on 7-4-2005 by UK Wizard]

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posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 11:30 AM
I understood about 50% of that, guess I'm a minor geek........woohoo

posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 11:32 AM
uh oh i understood about 80 percent im a geek

posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 12:14 PM
Little help for you guys:

There are about a dozen of these out there, they all seem to do it a little differently.

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