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TECH TERM - COMPUTER HACKING

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Computer Hacking

Definition: Is the practice of modifying computer  hardware and software to accomplish a goal outside of the creator's original purpose. People who engage in computer  hacking activities are often called hackers.

Since the word "hack" has long been used to describe someone who is incompetent at his/her profession, some hackers claim this term is offensive and fails to give appropriate recognition to their skills.

It is most common among teenagers and young adults, although there are many older hackers as well. Many hackers are true technology buffs who enjoy learning more about how computers work and consider computer hacking an "art" form.

They often enjoy programming and have expert-level skills in one particular program. For these individuals, computer hacking is a real life application of their problem-solving skills. It's a chance to demonstrate their abilities, not an opportunity to harm others.

Since a large number of hackers are self-taught prodigies, some corporations actually employ computer hackers as part of their technical support staff.

These individuals use their skills to find flaws in the company's security system so that they can be repaired quickly. In many cases, this type of computer hacking helps prevent identity theft and other serious computer-related crimes.

Computer hacking can also lead to other constructive technological developments, since many of the skills developed from hacking apply to more mainstream pursuits.

For example, former hackers Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson went on to create the UNIX operating system in the 1970s. This system had a huge impact on the development of Linux, a free UNIX-like operating system. Shawn Fanning, the creator of Napster, is another hacker well known for his accomplishments outside of computer hacking.

In comparison to those who develop an interest in computer hacking out of simple intellectual curiosity, some hackers have less noble motives.

Hackers who are out to steal personal information, change a corporation's financial data, break security codes to gain unauthorized network access, or conduct other destructive activities are sometimes called "crackers."

This type of computer hacking can earn you a trip to a federal prison for up to 20 years.


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GOOGLE SECURITY

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Check this out:

Attack on Google said to hit password system

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TECH TERM - AUTHENTICATION

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Authentication

Definition:
The process of determining whether the individual signing in under a specific user name actually has an account with permissions to perform specific actions.

Authentication can be as simple as providing a user name and password, but especially in high dollar e-commerce settings, authentication is usually done in conjunction with access across secure channels and sometimes alternative authentication mechanisms (from thumb prints to retinal scans).











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