Glossary

Account – a user’s personal access to his or her information within a service or app. Often secured by a username and password

Android – operating system available on a variety of devices including Samsung and HTC

App (Application) – unit of downloadable software that performs a specific function. Some are available for free while others come with a cost.

App store – an online market to purchase and download apps for Apple devices running iOS

Browser – a software application (such as Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox) that allows users to access the Internet

Cloud – online information storage system (for example: iCloud) associated with an account that can be accessed on multiple devices

Data – amount of information an electronic device can store or access

Download – the copying of information from another source to your personal device

Email provider – a service (such as Gmail) that provides access to email capabilities for customers

Facebook – a social network that allows users to connect with other users, post content, and interact with content online. Facebook has the most users of all social networks around the world

Facebook Messenger – a messaging service built into Facebook that allows users to share text, images, and videos with one or more Facebook users privately. You do not need to be friends with a user to send them a message

Facetime – an online messaging tool for iOS devices that allows people to communicate through text, audio, or video

Friend – another Facebook user whom you connect with

Gmail – email service provided by Google

Google Play – an online market to purchase and download apps, music, videos, and other media for Android devices

Hardware – physical features and devices (such as a mouse or camera) that improve the capabilities of a computer or device

Home screen – a central location on your mobile device where apps and other features can be accessed. Normally, there is a specific button on your device to return you to the home screen

Hot spot – a geographic location with a wireless Internet connection. Can be private (protected by a password) or public

Icon – small simple graphic used to identify information such as an app

Import – (see upload and download)

iOS – operating system provided by Apple for iPhones, Macs, and all other Apple devices

IT (Information Technology) – services and products that involve the transfer and storage of electronic information

iTunes – an online market to purchase and download music, videos, and other entertainment media for Apple devices running iOS

Like – public approval of or agreement with a Facebook post

Log off/log out – to sign off or out of an account to prevent other people from gaining access to the account

Log on/log in – to enter a username and password to gain access to an account

Malware – harmful software that can slow down or harm your computer or mobile device

Message – to send text, images, or other content with Facebook users through Facebook Messenger

Network provider – company that provides Internet and phone service to customers (for example: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile)

Newsfeed – screen on the Facebook app that shows you what other Facebook users have recently posted. Normally, this is the first screen you will see in your Facebook app

Notification– an announcement that an update has occurred or that something has changed

Operating system – the software on a device (for example: Android or iOS) that serves as the platform for all functions

Password – word or phrase that can normally contain letters, numbers, and certain other characters (such as $, &, or_) that are used with a username to secure access to certain services or information

Post/Status – an update a user publishes on Facebook with his or her friends that can contain text, images, links, or videos

Power cord – cable that allows you to connect your phone to your computer. One end should have a USB and the other will be specific to your device

Progress bar – a graphic used to show how far through a process a program is. Often used to show how far you are through a download or upload

Settings – preferences you can set for how an app or program will work on your device

Share – the copying and spreading of information on a social network

Skype – an online messaging tool that allows people to communicate through text, audio, or video

Smartphone – a mobile phone that is able to access the Internet and run apps in order to function similarly to a computer. Often smartphones will have a touchscreen

Social network – a service that allows users to post personal updates and create or maintain relationships with other people

Software – programs and apps that are stored on your device’s hard drive

Sync– synchronize. Updating information on your phone and/or computer to ensure all information is accessible on all devices

Tag – to add information (such as a location or a user) to content in a post or picture

Timeline – a list of all of a particular user’s Facebook posts in chronological order

Unfriend – when you end a relationship and sever a connection with another Facebook user

Uninstall – to completely remove a program or app from your device

Upload – the copying of information from your personal device to another source such as a social network

USB– Universal Storage Bus. The end of a device or cord that connects to a computer. A USB is often found with power cords, storage drives, and wireless mice

Username– a created name to identify a user’s account online. Often a username is accompanied by a password to secure access to an account’s information

Webcam – camera built into phones and computers that face the user. Often used for video calling and recording

Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet)

Window – a panel of information, often with options for you to click