hardware attached to the tower - items like the mouse, keyboard, printer and head phones
a security system consisting of a combination of hardware and software that limits the exposure of a computer or computer network to attack from hackers
moves data, performs mathematic operations, makes decisions based on instructions, and directs the actions of hardware and software.
data entered into the computer through a variety of devices such as a keyboard, microphone, scanner, flash drive, or mouse
displays or prints information produced by a computer. Printers and monitors are examples of output devices. A printer produces a hard copy output while a monitor produces a soft copy output.
Random Access Memory; temporary memory. RAM is expandable, and resides on the motherboard. It is the memory used when you are working on the computer.
(Read only memory) a chip on the motherboard that is prerecorded with and permanently stores the set of instructions that the computer uses when you turn in on; permanent
A round, metal platter in the hard drive of the computer; it stores large amounts of information, usually the C drive of the computer