Glossary Of Computer and Internet Terms

Access Point
An access point provides wireless access to a network. e.g: The coffee shop provides an access point for customers with Wi-Fi devices.

Biometrics refers to the technologies used to detect and recognize human physical characteristics often used with authentication. Examples are fingerprint and retinal scanning, facial recognition, and voice analysis.

Is a form of Internet fraud that aims to steal valuable information such as credit card information, Social Security numbers, user IDs and passwords.
A fake website is created that is a replica to that of a legitimate organization, typically a financial institution such as a bank or insurance company.
A mass email is sent out requesting that the recipient access the fake website and enter their personal information, including security access codes (passwords).
The term comes from “fishing,” where a bait is used to catch a fish. In phishing, e-mail is the bait.


A computer virus is a program that can spread from one computer to another with an intent to cause damage or steel personal information.


Malware is short for MALicious softWARE. It is software program used to disrupt computer operation, gather personal information, or cause damage to computer systems.

Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, spyware, and adware. Some malware may be hidden in another genuine program and may be downloaded from a website in the form of a useful software with harmful malware embedded in it.

Anti-virus and Anti-malware software is used to protect computers and users from malware attacks.