Tech terms you should know

For most us, technology is fairly prevalent in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, we often are uncertain about what the terms associated with technology actually mean. This mini glossary of tech terms can help you to understand some of the most common terms.


Cookies are what allow websites to know who you are. If you allow cookies, your web browser will automatically provide your information such as username, password or preferences. They are useful because they save you from having to reenter your information every single time you visit a website.

Unfortunately, cookies can also be seen as a privacy issue. Since they store your information and track your activity they make it easier for someone to access your data. Most experts agree, however, that merely limiting the amount of cookies you allow will help protect your online identity.


A URL, or uniform resource locator, is simply a web address. It is what you type into the address bar of your browser, usually beginning with “http,” that brings you to the website you wish to visit.


The cloud is one of the most discussed tech terms today. It is talked about on television and in blogs and newspaper articles. The cloud is made up of services that are based on the Internet and do not require you to install hardware or software on your computer.


Flash is an Adobe-owned platform that enables you to view certain things on your computer. Many people install Flash players or plug-ins so that they can watch videos or animation or see dynamic displays on websites. Although Flash has been the longtime leader in its field, HTML5 is quickly catching up with it.

Technology-related terms may seem overwhelming but understanding the basics can make it all much easier to grasp.

For more tech terms and their meanings, check out this glossary.