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"spoofed" emails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging person financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords


process of encoding information in a way so that only someone with a key can decode it


allow websites to store a small amount of data on the users systems


barriers that are situated between the internet and your local network - a filter for an Interent connection


people who attempt to get unauthorized access to the target computer or restricted data and view, compromise or exploit its contents


can track the keys that are typed with hardware and software, powered by electronic and acoustic methods

Code of ethics

provides norms and principles to the computer users and system professionals

Software piracy

to make copies of single-user license programs


representing someone else's work as your own


software that performs certain behaviors, like changing your Web browser's home page or search page without appropriately obtaining your consent first

Biometric data

this is used to uniquely identify people, including fingerprints

Antivirus software

a computer program that detects, prevents, and takes action to remove malware

Identify theft

when one person uses another person's personal information which allows them to pretend that they are that person - do this in order to steal money or get other benefits

Effective passwords

14 characters or longer, lots of variety, uses the entire keyboard

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