Technology terms for senior lawyers
App—Originally software applications for smartphones and tablets but now applications that run on desktops, laptops or mobile devices.
Bluetooth—Technology standard that uses radio waves to allow electronic devices to connect and share information over distances of 30 feet.
Cloud—Material you wish to access is stored at a location other than your own computer so you can access it remotely, usually through the Internet. Every Web page lives in the Cloud.
Cookies—Hold small pieces of information that a Web site places on a visiting user’s hard drive to expedite a return visit and to recommend products to purchase based on prior buying history.
Firewall—An impediment that blocks invasion of a computer by outside forces. Hardware or software firewalls are available.
Interface—How you interact with or use or access a machine.
Java—A high-level programming language used in developing Web sites.
Operating System—Software that runs a desktop, laptop or tablet computer or a smartphone.
Phishing—Sending fraudulent e-mail disguised as messages from banks or online merchants. Those who take the bait are fooled into providing important information about their online accounts. Victims frequently give away their username, password, social security number, bank account or credit card account numbers or fall victim to a larger scale fraud.
Pharming—Phishing on steroids.
Social Media—Creating relationships with people with similar personal or professional interests.
Spam—Unsolicited commercial e-mail messages trying to sell you something you do not need or want. Electronic junk mail.
Spyware—Malicious software designed to take partial control of a computer’s operation. Subverts operation for third party’s benefit.
Tablet—One-piece device designed to be used via an intuitive touchscreen interface. No keyboards and minimum of connectors.
Wi-Fi—Short for wireless fidelity; describes wireless network connection within 30-100 feet of transmitter.
Wi-Max—Cellular phone-like, roaming, wireless network connections up to 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) with a range up to 31 miles. ■