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Wednesday, April 6, 2005
surfers beware
Swimming around on the Internet these days is a slew of Jargon. Unfortunately, in a survey of computer users, 80% had no idea what most of these terms meant. With the vast increase in PC and Internet users, there has also been an increase in the devilish ones that prey on the unsuspecting. Read up and know what's going on!

Here's a list of terms you should be familiar with if you use the Internet. (Source: AOL UK)

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 dialer: 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

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