Account takeover - A form of Identity Theft where a criminal gains complete control of your account(s) and blocks you from accessing them.
Application fraud - A form of Identity Theft where a criminal uses your personal information to open new accounts and applications without your knowledge.
Cache - Website files stored on your computer by your web browser to reduce the loading time when you re-visit a page.
Database - A collection of information used by virus scanners and anti-spyware programs to identify and remove threats to your computer.
Email encryption - A security feature used to scramble emails so that only you and an authorized representative can transmit/receive your confidential information.
Ethernet connection - The standard 'wired' connection to a cable or DSL modem.
Firewall - A program or device used to screen and identify threats in the data going to and from your computer.
Hard drive - The physical storage device for your computer's data.
Malicious software - Fraudsters install malware programs on your computer through various methods, such as hidden attachments to downloads. The malware programs can generate many different fraudulent and nefarious activities.
Network connection - How your computer connects to the Internet.
Phishing - A common Internet scam where criminals obtain confidential information by impersonating a trusted source through email.
Router - A common network device used to connect multiple computers to the same cable/DSL modem.
Session - The time between logging-in and logging-out of a secure website.
Spyware - Programs that intercept and transmit your personal information without your permission.
SSID - The unique name that you give your router.
Unsolicited email - An email that arrives requesting action/response when there is no grounds for such communication.
Virus - A destructive self-replicating program that spreads between computers by exchanging files between users.
Wireless connection - A way of connecting to the Internet without using wires, typically through a wireless router or access point.
Wireless encryption - A way of restricting access to a wireless connection by enforcing a password.
Worm – A self-propagating form of virus that can spread without users actively trading files.
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