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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Definition: GDRP

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GDPR definition

GDPR : [gee-dee-pee-arr] noun.

GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation, is a set of rules designed to protect the privacy and personal data of European Union residents. The implications of GDPR are far reaching, as it impacts all organizations worldwide that collect personal information about EU residents. Non-compliance with GDPR can carry serious financial consequences, with some proposals calling for damages of up to 4% of a company's annual revenue or 20 million Euros — whichever is higher . The regulation was approved in 2016 and is set to become effective on May 25, 2018.

In a nutshell, the regulations affect how companies must handle personal user data commonly tracked online. This includes IP addresses, geographic locations, names, home or work addresses, gender, and a wide range of more sensitive information such as health status, political affiliation, religion, and ethnicity, among other things. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Definition: Internet of Things

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internet of things : [inn-turr-net uhv things] noun.

The internet of things (IoT) is a term that describes the phenomenon of an increasing number of electronic devices gaining connectivity, which allows these devices to talk to each other, interface with PCs and smartphones, and/or connect to the internet. 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Definition: Cyberloafing

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cyberloafing : [sigh-burr low-fing] noun.

Cyberloafing is the act of employees wasting time on the internet reading news, browsing social media, or engaging in other personal activities. Cyberloafing is problematic because it can distract employees from doing actual work that benefits their employers. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Definition: Brute Force Attack

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brute force attack: [brewt fors aht-tack] noun.

In computing, a brute force attack is a trial and error attempt to guess a password by trying all possible combinations of characters until the correct one is discovered. This process is typically automated through the use of software that tries combinations in rapid succession, often speeding up the process by starting with variations of common passwords and dictionary words to improve the chance of success. 
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:00

Definition: Data Compression

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compression : [com-presh-un] noun.

In computing, compressing a file is the act of reducing its size so the same amount of information occupies less disk space or memory. Compression is accomplished using techniques such as representing repeating data patterns in a way that takes up less space. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Definition: Legacy Systems

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legacy systems : [leg-ah-see sis-tems] noun.

In IT, a legacy system is one that's old and outdated, but still in use. A legacy system might be an antique piece of computer hardware, an application that's past its prime, or some old-fashioned process... or all of the above.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Definition: Net Neutrality

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net neutrality : [net new-trah-lih-tee] noun.

Net neutrality, also known as "open internet", is a belief that internet service providers and governments who control access to the Internet should treat all data the same, regardless of what it is or where it came from. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Definition: Cache

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cache : [ka$h] noun.

In computing, a cache is a temporary store of duplicate, frequently-accessed data that's kept in a special location, so it may be accessed quickly, which reduces latency. There are many different types of cache including CPU, disk, browser, and more.  

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Definition: Bandwidth

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bandwidth : [baend-width ] noun.

In information technology, bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be sent through a network channel over a given period of time. For example, a fiber-based internet connection might be capable of transmitting 1 gigabit of data per second, or a particular Wi-Fi connection might be capable of moving 11 megabits per second.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Definition: Metadata

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metadata : [met-ah-dei-tah] noun.

You might have heard the phrase "That's so meta," which people say about something that refers to itself in a humorous or ironic way. 

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