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Androgynous Nicknames

"Gender neutral" names that can be used instead of real names to increase your privacy online. For example, "Pat" can be both a girl's name or a boy's name; it is "gender neutral".

Social Security Number

Provides nearly unlimited access to predators and hackers who can then steal your financial, medical, and other personal information.


A secret series of characters that enables a user to access a file, computer, or program.


Business and college employees who frequently look at social networking sites (like Facebook) to assess the typical "behaviors" of their applicants.

Cyber Bullying

Bullying that takes place by email, instant messaging, text messages o.r web sites


Defines the URL of a "secure" site.


A software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer.


Originating from the name of Hormel's canned meat, "spam" now also refers to junk e-mail or irrelevant postings to a newsgroup or bulletin board.


Program placed on a computer without the user's knowledge that secretly collects information about the user.


A technique often used to gain personal information for the purpose of identity theft, usually by means of fraudulent e-mail and/or social networking "questionaires".

Mal Ware

Malicious software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the user's informed consent.


A software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network.

Privacy Settings

The ability to control access of information about oneself.


A person who takes advantage of another either physically, emotionally, or sexually.


Typing an entire sentence in "all caps."


An imaginary character/object that takes the place of an actual photo/image; a sprite is used to increase your privacy online.

Second Life

An online, "virtual world"; an overly simplified example would be "FarmVille" on Facebook.

A confidential website where you can report inappropriate behavior or concerns.


The act of posting or sending offensive messages over the Internet; "telling someone off" using text, chat, or social networking postings.

Digital Footprint

Information gathered by "googling" someone, or something. Once online . . . ALWAYS online!

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