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Do You Know Your Internet Jargon?
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It’s all well and good to know your LOLs and ROFLs, but can you keep up when someone starts speaking tech to you? Not everyone needs to be fluent in Internet-speak, but understanding some common terms will help you a great deal in navigating the World Wide Web – especially when it comes to troubleshooting time.

1. lag

This term refers to when your game or program is moving slower than it should be. It’s most commonly heard from gamers – “I can’t play with this lag!” – as it greatly affects your experience in games that need a fast response time, such as in FPS games.

2. ping

How do you know how fast your connection is? By testing your ping. Your ping is a program that sends a message to a server, which is echoed back to you. Calculating the round trip time of the message lets you find out how reactive your connection is – the lower the ping, the faster your connection.

Calculating the round trip time (ping) of the message tells you how reactive your connection is. Lower ping, faster connection

3. bandwidth

In computer terms, bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transmitted to your computer. It’s usually expressed as speed – so if your plan has a speed of 100Mbps, that means your connection can receive 100MB of data in a single second. Your videos and games load more smoothly with higher bandwidth – even if you’re running several at once.

4. malware

Malware means ‘malicious software’ and basically includes any programs that want to harm your computer and you, such as viruses, Trojan horses, ransomware (heard of NotPetya and WannaCry?) and more. As with human illnesses, prevention is always better than cure – so make sure you keep your antivirus software up-to-date, run regular scans and don’t click on strange links.

5. phishing

This term refers to using emails and websites to trick people into giving away details like their account number and passwords, usually by replicating the look and feel of legitimate bank portals or registration emails. Check the URL in the address bar and/or copy and paste it into a new address bar; if either looks suspicious, don’t input any information.

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