Internet Buzzwords Against Humanity.

icloud vs Cloud: Adding ‘i’ in front of something does not make it a new, innovative word.

The cloud is the storage and access of data and software hosted by a third party. It does not mean that your data is in some virtual space that can’t be touched; it’s still hosted on a physical data centre somewhere (just not yours!). It’s outside of your control, gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it.

icloud is the services Apple provides users to store and synchronize their data across devices. This way you can attempt to sync your music across your ipod, ipad, ipad mini, macbook, etc.

They are not interchangeable. If someone says ‘cloud’ , you are not correcting them if you say ‘icloud’. It’s like the ‘all thumbs are fingers but not all fingers are thumbs’ thing.

IoT: Internet of Things: Does not refer to a network setup jerry-rigged by MacGyver.

This encompasses any device that can connect to the internet, For example your network could consist of your router, computer, we-mo enabled plugins, wifi enabled fridge and your fitbit.

Viral: Just as with the sickness there is no medicine to get rid of this word.

Not to be confused with an replicating illness, although...

It refers to something that spreads through various channels and gains a wide exposure quickly. It can be a blog post, video, tweet, instagram, knitting pattern, the list goes on and on. There is no numeric definition of when something has officially gone ‘viral’. It can be used when a video gets ’10,000 views’ in a day or if it gets ‘1 million’ in a week’.

BYOD: You don’t usually see this on a party invitation.

This is the idea of employees bringing their personal devices to work and putting them on the network. It differs from companies issuing work computers or cellphones, in that case the company usually has control over what happens or what is put on these devices. In BYOD the company does not have full control over the device. Security measures can be put into place but the company has to be careful to only monitor work use of the device, monitoring personal use can bring up privacy issues.

Hacked/Hacker: Not just people in Guy Fawkes masks.

Someone who uses technology to gain information or cause problems. This term is over-used in the media.

If someone remotely installs a keylogger on your computer and records your banking information and then accesses your account using that information, then your computer was hacked. If you willingly give someone your banking information and they login to your account, you were not hacked. You were probably still duped, but it’s not the same.

Deep Web: Cue the ‘Jaws’ music.

It’s referring to non-indexed web content that isn’t found by traditional search engines. It is overused in shows like ‘CSI: Cyber’ because it sounds ominous and foreboding.

Phablet: An un-needed combination of two words because English doesn’t have enough words already.

This refers to a phone that is basically the size of a tablet and has the same functionality. Honestly these days, Phones...tablets...laptops, they’re all the same. I’m going to try to make ‘Phabtop’ a thing.

Crowdfunding: Not a flash mob of people that randomly give you money....well, actually that’s pretty accurate.

Crowdfunding allows anyone to raise money for a product/idea through the use of the internet. You set up a page saying what you want to do/make, offer people different rewards depending on what they donate and then in a few years once you actually complete the project, they will get what they paid for (maybe).

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