The email message I received read: “I got a message from somewhere and I think it said something about how I have to sign up with Windows or somebody so Google can download my iPad to Facebook in the cloud. What should I do?”
This week I thought it might be a useful exercise to examine some of the constantly changing terms information technology people and others use to name bad software. In vernacular usage, the word “virus” has become a catch-all for any and all kinds of bad software, yet the word virus does have a specific and more restricted definition that sets it apart from other terms.
The technical term for the address of a web site is Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which is slightly different but similar enough that most people use the two terms interchangeably.
In an earlier column, I promised to make specific recommendations for the best password
manager software to use. There are quite a few from which to choose, and determining the one
best for you might otherwise be a difficult undertaking, so I have a suggestion that will make it
A “Password Manager” is a software program that can help you take control of almost all the passwords that are required in order to survive in the digital world of today. There are quite a few password managers available, some better than others. Honestly, it does not matter which one you use, so long as you are comfortable using it.
The early 1990s was a period when the Internet was unknown to most of the world. Corporate management had heard of the World Wide Web, which could make them tons of money, but they had no idea how and absolutely no technical understanding.
The misconception most internet users believe is that when they point their web browser to a website such as “The New York Times,” it establishes a dedicated, persistent link between their computer and The Times. That is just not how the internet works.